Rickey Laurentiis

Brooklyn, New York


Washington University in St Louis
MFA in Writing

Sarah Lawrence College
BA in Liberal Arts


  • Boy with Thorn (Full Length: University of Pittsburgh, 2015)
  • Prime, (Chapbook: Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014)
  • Whipped (Chapbook: Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013)


Sarah Lawrence College

  • “The Body: A Poetry Seminar and Workshop," Undergraduate Writing Department, Spring 2017

Columbia University

  • “Sustained (Re)vision: Carl Phillips, Jorie Graham and Frank Bidart,” Graduate Writing Department, Fall 2016
  • “Advanced Poetry Workshop," Undergraduate Writing Department, Fall 2015

The Cooper Union

  • Writing Instructor for Painting, Drawing and Architecture Studios, Saturday Program for High School Youth, Fall 2015

Washington University in St Louis

  • “Poetry Writing 1” Fall & Spring 2012-13, Undergraduate English Comp. Department

Selected Publications 

Journals & Literary Magazines






  • "Southern Gothic," Poetry
  • "Swing Low," Poetry
  • "You Are Not Christ" (reprint), Poetry
  • "Epitaph at the Foot of the Stone," Anti-
  • "Quiet Please," Anti-
  • “Cirrhosis,” Lo-Ball Magazine
  • “One Look At You, My Heart Grows Tipsy,” Lo-Ball Magazine
  • “Stung,” Feminist Studies
  • “Hither-and-Yon,” Alaska Quarterly Review
  • "No Ararat," Linebreak
  • "Carnal Knowledge," Muzzle Magazine
  • “Faggot,” Knockout Literary Magazine
  • “Modern Ripple,” Knockout Literary Magazine
  • “—Me Tangere,” Knockout Literary Magazine


  • “One Country,” Callaloo
  • “To Be Brought to Water,” Callaloo
  • “Do You Feel Me?” Callaloo
  • “Mood for Love,” The Feminist Wire
  • “Take it Easy,” The Feminist Wire
  • “Down Atlantis,” Tidal Basin Review



Anthologies & Art Books 


  • "Vanitas with Negro Boy," "Black Iris," Brooklyn Poets Anthology, ed. by Jason Koo


  • “Of the Leaves That Have Fallen” (excerpts), ExtraordinaryRendition:(American) Writers Speak of Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman
  • "Boy with Thorn," "Vanitas with Negro Boy," Bettering American Poetry, ed. various


  • "Visible City," Prospect.3 Notes for Now, ed. Franklin Sirmans


  • “Vignette,” Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality, ed. Kevin Simmonds
  • “Do You Feel Me?,” (reprint) Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, ed. Saul Williams


  • “Attraction,” “Church of Abraham,” “FULL,” (reprint) “Ghazal for Emmett Till,”(reprint) Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing, ed. R. BryantSmith and Darius Omar Williams

Selected Short Prose

Interviews & Published Conversations 








Selected Service

Harlem Children's Zone

  • Academy for Leadership and Training, Director, Fall 2016-Summer 2017
  • Writing and Curriculum Corps, Director, Fall 2014-Fall 2016
  • Writing Corps Curriculum Coordinator and Teaching Specialists, Fall 2013-Fall 2014

St Louise Poetry Center

  • "Observable Reading Series," Event Co-curator, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Atlantic Center for the Arts

  • “Reading Obsession,” Workshop Instructor, Summers 2011 &2012

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

  • Fiction and Nonfiction Manuscript Reader, Spring 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2019
  • Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Finalist 2017
  • Levis Reading Prize, 2016 
  • Bread Loaf Bakeless Fellowship, 2016
  • Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, Finalist 2016            
  • Lamba Literary Award for Gay Poetry, Finalist, 2016
  • Invitation, Palestine Festival of Literature (Jerusalem, Palestine), 2016
  • Julie Suk Award, 2015
  • Cave Canem Poetry Prize, 2014
  • Residency, Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbertide, Italy), 2014           
  • Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 2013
  • Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, Poetry Foundation, 2012
  • The Alonzo Davis Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2012
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Work-Study (Waiters’) Scholarship, 2011
  • National Poetry Series, Finalist, 2011
  • 'your word' Fellowship, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2011
  • Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Award, Semi-finalist, 2011
  • Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry First Book Prize, Honorable Mention, Red Hen Press, 2010
  • Puschart Prize Nomination, “Black Iris,” Vinyl, 2010
  • Reginald Shepherd Memorial Prize, 1st & 3rd Runner-up, Knockout Magazine, 2009
  • Cave Canem Fellowship, 2009, 2010, 2011