Akua Lezli HopeWebsite
Years: 2002, 2004
A third generation Caribbean-American-New Yorker, firstborn, Akua Lezli Hope has won a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts, two Artists Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship, Hurston-Wright writers fellowship, and the Walker Foundation Scholarship to Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She is a Cave Canem fellow. She received an Artists Crossroads Grant from The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes for her project "Words in Motion," which placed poetry on the buses of New York's Chemung and Steuben counties. She was poet-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institute where conducted a workshop on poetry and myth making and lectured on jazz poetry. Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer's Digest book award for poetry. This year she won first place for short poems in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2015 competition. Her manuscript, THEM GONE, was a finalist in Word Work’s 2015 Washington Prize competition. THEM GONE also won the Bryant-Lysembee Editor’ Prize from Red Paint Hill Publishing and will be published in Fall 2016.