Desiree C. Bailey, Author

Desiree C. Bailey is the author of What Noise Against the Cane (Yale University Press, 2021), which won the 2020 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’clock Press, 2016) and has short stories and poems published in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, and the Academy of American Poets, among other journals. Desiree has a BA from Georgetown University, an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Norman Mailer Center, Kimbilio Fiction, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Poets House, The Conversation, Princeton in Africa and the James Merrill House. She is also a recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts award and Poets & Writers’ Amy Award. Desiree is from Trinidad and Tobago, and Queens, New York. She will be the Writer-in-Residence at Clemson University starting in Fall 2022.


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