I never met Gregory Pardlo, but his story fascinates me. He is the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner and if you never heard of him, here’s a snapshot of who he is, taken from his website:
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.
You can find Pardlo’s books, Digest and Totem on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. For more information about Gregory Pardlo check out his website http://pardlo.net/ and follow him on social media. Congratulations Mr. Pardlo on an awesome achievement! Be sure to check out his featured segment on PBS News Hour.