Rickey Laurentiis

Rickey Laurentiis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His manuscript, “One Country,” received an honorable mention in the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine, and was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series. The recipient of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a Work-Study Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, The Feminist Wire, Indiana Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. Currently, he is pursuing his MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St Louis, where he is a Chancellor’s fellow.


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