Aaron Coleman

Graduate Student
PhD Comparative Literature; track for international writers
Chancellor's Fellow

Aaron Coleman is the author of Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018) and his chapbook, St. Trigger, was selected by Adrian Matejka for the 2015 Button Poetry Prize. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Spain, South Africa, Chicago, St. Louis and Kalamazoo. Winner of the American Literary Translators Association’s Jansen Fellowship, the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest, and The Cincinnati ReviewSchiff Award, his poems have appeared in journals including Boston ReviewCallaloo, FENCE, and New York Times Magazine. After completing his MFA in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, Aaron is currently studying 20th-century poetry and translation of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Selected publications:

Poetry Society of America

Interview with Jericho Brown

Interview by Asymptote on Translation, Blackness, and Nicolás Guillén

Boston Review

New York Times


Tupelo Quarterly

Interview with Claudia Rankine

American Literary Translators Association

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