francine j. harris’ third collection, "Here is the Sweet Hand" from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is the winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second collection, "play dead," was the winner of the Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first collection, "allegiance," was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Awards. Originally from Detroit, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston and serves as Consulting Faculty Editor at Gulf Coast.
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