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Justin Phillip Reed

Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second full-length collection of poetry, The Malevolent Volume, will be released in Spring 2020. His work appears in African American Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, New Republic, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He is the 2019-2021 Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Come see about him at

May/June 2016

From “Paroxysm”

By Justin Phillip Reed

The voice that is warning you constantly against this clearly wasteful epoch—all the bees and the oceans and Look What We’ve Done—has uttered nothing yet aboutyour panic: how this one […]