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Danielle Georges

Professor, MFA Program in Creative Writing

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Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University. She is also the former Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, where she was tasked with raising the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians, acting as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creating a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events.

She notes, "As an educator and practicing artist, I draw on the theoretical frameworks and approaches of the arts traditions: the fine arts, arts and education, and arts integration. I feel that the arts allow us to experience different perspectives in powerful ways, and allow students to appreciate and reconsider boundaries of identity, culture, and perceived or understood ability. I feel art is a powerful tool for inquiry, reflection, and knowing; and that art practice allows for critical engagement and the development of valuable critical skills—in essence they operate as epistemology. I feel that art allows for complexity in the complex world we all inhabit."

Selected Publications

Books

Island Heart: The Poems of Ida Faubert, a book of English translations from the French (Subpress Collective, 2021) 

City of Notions:  An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems, editor (Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston, 2017) 

Letters from Congo, a chapbook of poems (Central Square Press, 2017) 

The Dear Remote Nearness of You, a book of poems (Barrow Street Press, 2016)  

Maroon, a book of poems (Curbstone Press, an imprint of Northwestern University Press, 2001) 



Poetry published in periodicals including

Agni, The American Poetry Review, Black Renaissance Noire, The Boston Globe, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Consequence, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Macomère, Obsidian, Poiesis, Salamander, SpoKe, sx salon, Transition, and World Literature Today


Poetry appears in books and anthologies including

African American Poetry:  250 Years of Struggle & Song (ed. Kevin Young); Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (eds. Emily Ruth Rutter and Tiffany Austin); New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent (ed. Margaret Busby); Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago (eds. Tatiana Flores and Michelle Ann Stephens); Build Therefore Your Own World (ed. Sam Durant); Haiti Noir 2: The Classics (ed. Edwidge Danticat); There’s No Place on Earth Like the World: Compost—12 years of art, literature & ideas (eds. Kevin Gallagher and Margaret Bezucha); Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature and Art (eds. Tony Medina, Samiya Bashir and Quraysh Lansana); Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century (ed. E. Ethelbert Miller); Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (eds. Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera); The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States (ed. Edwidge Danticat); and Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, (ed. Kevin Powell)

Essays appear in publications including

The Boston Globe MagazineInto English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (eds. Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins); Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight); Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun); Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe, Jennifer Scott, and Anja Werner); Encarta Africana (eds. Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.); The Massachusetts Review, The Women’s Review of Books

Recent Literary and Academic Awards include

  • 2017 Champion of Artists Award, given by the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition
  • 2017 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read” Writer
  • 2016 New England Poetry Club Sheila Motten Book Prize
  • 2015 Brother Thomas Artist Fellowship (in poetry) and Grant
  • 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry and Grant
  • 2013 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship / Andrew W. Mellon Grant 
  • 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist in Poetry and Grant
  • Lesley University Faculty Development and Faculty Scholarship Grants

Other

  • Poetry references in The Bill Moyers Journal program, The Voice of America program, National Public Radio and others
  • Poems translated into French, Italian, Chinese, Spanish; set to music by Lucy Holstedt, Professor of Music, Berklee School of Music; and appeared in numerous multi-media projects

Recent Collaborations, Civic Awards, and Commissions include

  • 2016 City of Boston Public Space Invitational Grant for Real People, Real Stories: Mattapan Photography/Poetry Project (exhibited in 2018)
  • 2016 Trustees of Reservations Commission
  • 2016 Meeting House Lyceum Project at the Old Manse Historic Landmark Commission
  • 2016 Boston Public Library Renovation Commission
  • 2016 Boston Raining Poetry Project
  • 2015-16 Curation of Poetry Events for Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Black Mountain College Exhibition

National and International Academic and Artistic Presentations including in

Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis; Haiti, Barbados, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Colombia, Portugal, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Japan

Education

BS, Communication Studies, Emerson College
MFA English, Creative Writing, New York University
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Emerson College

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