Rickey Laurentiis (b. 1989) was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize, and named one of the Top 16 Best Poetry Books by Buzzfeed. The recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his other honors include fellowships or scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, as well as the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis, where he received his MFA in Writing.
Named one of the top ten debut poets of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and one of 31 contemporary poets to read by Buzzfeed, his poems have appeared in several journals, including Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Fence, Indiana Review, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Oxford American and Poetry; they have been commissioned by the international art biennial, Prospect New Orleans, critically written about by the Poetry International Foundation and translated into Spanish, Ukrainian and Arabic. A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Rickey has taught at Washington University in St Louis, the Cooper Union and currently teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.