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2016 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored by Bull City Press Final Judge: Afaa Michael Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver is a native of Baltimore where he worked for fifteen years (1970-85) as a factory worker. In 2014, Weaver was the recipient of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection The Government of Nature. He is also the recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry (1985), the PDI Award for playwriting (1993), a Pew fellowship in poetry (1995), a Fulbright appointment to Taiwan (2001), and two Pushcart prizes. Afaa did his graduate work in Creative Writing at Brown University (1985-87), where his focus was playwriting and theatre. As a translator, he works in contemporary Chinese poetry. His short fiction is included in Children of the Night. His newest and twelfth collection of poetry is The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Afaa describes his poetic project as the exploration of working class interiority in the context of a lifelong engagement with Chinese culture. He teaches in Boston, Massachusetts, at Simmons College.