Looking to expand your home library with imaginative and award-winning poetry? Explore the collections of NYU alumni poets—from Pulitzer Prize recipients to poetry slam champions—and discover how these creative professionals are using the power of language to inspire readers around the world.

Quicklist: Poets A–E | Poets F–L | Poets M–S | Poets T–Z  

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and only includes a small number of the many talented NYU alumni who work in the field of poetry.

Poets A–E


Aria Aber (GSAS ’18)

Hard Damage by Aria Aber

Publications: Hard Damage (2019). Also featured in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, and The Poetry Review.

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry and 2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.


Diannely Antigua (GSAS ’18)

Ugly Music by Diannely Antigua

Publications: Ugly Music (2019). Also featured in the Bennington Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Sixth Finch, The Adroit Journal, and the Washington Square Review.

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry and Pamet River Prize.


David Antin (GSAS ’66)

What it Means to be Avant-Garde by David Antin

Publications: What it Means to be Avant-Garde (1993), Talking at the Boundaries (1976), Talking (1972).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the PEN Los Angeles Award for Poetry.
 


Toi Derricotte (GSAS ’84)

Tender by Toi Derricottee (GSAS '84)

Publications: Tender (1997), The Black Notebooks (1997).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for nonfiction.


Poets F–L  


Peter Gizzi (GAL ’86)

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi (GAL '86)

Publications: Archeophonics (2016), Threshold Songs (2011), The Outernationale (2007), Artificial Heart (1998).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poet Award and National Book Award finalist.


Marilyn Hacker (WSC ’65)

Presentation Piece by Marilyn Hacker (WSC '65)

Publications: Presentation Piece (1974).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry.


Ishion Hutchinson (GSAS ’08)

House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson (GSAS '08)

Publications: House of Lords and Commons (2016), Far District (2010).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, Whiting Writers’ Award, PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.


Tyehimba Jess (GSAS ’04)  

Olio by Tyehimba Jess (GSAS '04)

Notable Publications: Olio (2016), leadbelly (2005).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Whiting Writers’ Award, Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award.  


Quraysh Ali Lansana (GSAS ’02)

A Gift from Greensboro by Quaraysh Ali Lansana (GSAS '02)

Publications: A Gift from Greensboro (2016), mystic turf (2012), They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (2004), Southside Rain (2000).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the Image Union/Bob Award, Securing the Future Award, Chicago’s Black Book Fair Poet of the Year Award, Henry Blakely Award, and Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award.  


Robin Coste Lewis (GSAS ’13)

Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (GSAS '13)

Publications: Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015). Also featured in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, and VIDA.

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Prize, and International War Poetry Prize finalist.
 


Ada Limón (GSAS ’01)

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon (GSAS '01)

Publications: Bright Dead Things (2015).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the National Books Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist.  


Tao Lin (CAS ’05)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by Tao Lin

Publications: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (2008), You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am (2006).

Awards and Recognition: Founder and editor of Muumuu House and Co-founder of MDMAfilms.  


Poets M–S


Gillian McCain (GSAS ’90)  

Religion by Gillian McCain (GSAS '90)

Publications: Religion (1999), Tilt (1996).

Awards and Recognition: Former program coordinator and board president of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.  


John Murillo (GSAS ’07)

Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo (GSAS '07)

Publications: Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (2020), Up Jump the Boogie (2010).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the PEN Open Book Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist. Also named one of Huffington Post’s “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.”  


Angelo Nikolopoulos (GSAS ’10)

Obscenely Yours by Angelo Nikolopoulos (GSAS ‘10)

Publications: Obscenely Yours (2013). Also featured in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Boston Review, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, and Tin House.

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest and Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.


Gregory Pardlo (GSAS ’01)

Digest by Gregory Pardlo (GSAS ‘01)

Publications: Digest (2014), Totem (2007).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and APR/Honickman First Book Prize.


Morgan Parker (GSAS ’12)

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker (GSAS ‘12)

Publications: Magical Negro (2019), There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (2017).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and creator and host of the live talk show Reparations, Live!.  


Charles Simic (WSC ’67)

The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic (WSC ‘67)

Publications: The World Doesn’t End (1989).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Wallace Stevens Award, and Griffin International Poetry Prize. Also a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and a former U.S. poet laureate.


Poets T–Z


Saul Williams (TSOA ’97)  

US (a.) by Saul Williams (TSOA ‘97)

Publications: US (a.) (2015), The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop (2006), Said the Shotgun to the Head (2003), S/he (1999), The Seventh Octave (1998).

Awards and Recognition: 1996 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion, and winner of the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes and Grand Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.


Ocean Vuong (GSAS ’16)  

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (GSAS ‘16)

Publications: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019), Night Sky With Exit Wounds (2016).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize and New England Book Award for Fiction.


Jenny Xie (GSAS ’13)

Eye Level by Jenny Xie (GSAS ‘13)

Publications: Eye Level (2018), Nowhere to Arrive (2017).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Drinking Gourd Prize, and National Book Award finalist.


Jose Javier Zamora (GSAS ’14)

Unaccompanied by Jose Javier Zamora (GSAS ‘14)

Publications: Unaccompanied (2017), Nueve Años Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years (2011).

Awards and Recognition: Winner of the Northern California Book Award, Firecracker Award from the Community of Literary Magazines, Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, Organic Weapon Arts Contest, Meridian Editors’ Prize, and Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist.