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Gregory Pardlo was born in Philadelphia in 1968. He is the author of two poetry collections, Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award, and Totem, which received the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, and Best American Poetry 2010, as well as several anthologies, including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.
He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the Lotos Club Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and The New York Times.
Pardlo is an associate editor of Callaloo and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.