Newsmaker: Toi Derricotte
Noteworthy: Elected to the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, the academy's advisory board of distinguished poets
Residence: Churchill, in the Blackridge community
Occupation: English professor in the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Background: More than 1,000 of her poems have been published in anthologies, journals and magazines. She is co-founder of the Cave Canem Foundation, an organization that offers workshops and retreats for African-American poets. She received the Distinguished Alumni/Alumnae Award from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in special education, Wayne State University, 1965; Master of Arts in English literature and creative writing, New York University, 1984
Quote: “It was just a surprise and a wonderful honor and an opportunity to help make sure American poets continue to be recognized.”