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Kiki Petrosino

Professor and Director of Creative Writing

439 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Wednesday 11 AM-2 PM & by appointment.
Class Schedule: Weds 2:00-4:30

American Poetry and Poetics; African American Poetry, Documentary Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction (Memoir, The Lyric Essay)


M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2006
M.A., University of Chicago, 2004
B.A., University of Virginia, 2001


 Bright: A Memoir (Sarabande, 2022)
Witch Wife (Sarabande, 2017)
Hymn for the Black Terrific (Sarabande, 2013)
Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009)


Black Genealogy (Brain Mill Press, 2017)
Doubloon Oath (Factory Hollow Press, 2016)
The Dark is Here (Forklift Books, 2011)

Selected Poems:

“Psalm.” Louisville Magazine. November 9, 2018.
“Happineƒs.” Tin House On-Line. October 23, 2018.
“Monticello House Tour,” “Time Travel.” Washington Square Review. Spring 2018, pp. 144-5.
“Ghosts.” Poem-a-Day. Academy of American Poets. October 30, 2017.
“Gräpple,” “Sermon,” “Twenty-One.” Forklift, Ohio. Winter 2017, pp. 56, 115, 145-6.
“2.1 [We only woke up when you called us],” “2.4 [You ask why we didn’t register as required],” 2.5 [What is it like, to still have a body?].” The Hampden-Sydney Review. Number 43. Fall 2017, pp. 63-5.
“Black Genealogy.” Miracle Monocle. Issue Nine. Spring 2017.
“Comfits for Nobody.” Hayden’s Ferry Review. Issue 60, Spring/Summer 2017, pp. 104.
“Nursery.” Poetry. February 2017, pp. 438.

Selected Essays:

“In the Rooms of Monticello.” Narratives of Belonging. The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Spring 2018.
“Immaculate Heart.” Poetry Magazine On-line. February 2017.
“Deep Note on the Poem, ‘Scarlet.’PracCrit. Edition 7. August 2016.
“Letter to a Stranger: Bethesda, Maryland.” Off Assignment. August 18, 2016.
“Literacy Narrative.” Iowa Review blog 45/3. Winter 2015/16.


San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award. 2022.
DeWitt Wallace/Readers Digest Fellowship, MacDowell Artist Residency. 2022.
Fellowship in Poetry, Virginia Commission for the Arts. 2022.
UNT Rilke Prize2021.
Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 2019
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 2019
Virginia Humanities Fellowship, Fall 2016
Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society Faculty Fellowship, University of Louisville, 2016-17