Randall Horton

Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and, most recently, the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. He is senior editor at Willow Books, a literary publisher dedicated to promoting diverse voices within the publishing industry. His works include the poetry collections The Definition of Place (2006),The Lingua France of Ninth Street (2009), both with Main Street Rag and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2013). Hook: A Memoir (2015) is published by Augury Books. As associate professor of English at the University of New Haven, Mr. Horton is the only person in the United States with seven felony convictions and academic tenure. He serves on PEN America’s Prison Writing Program Committee, and is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders, who have performed at premier venues and jazz festivals worldwide.