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Danez Smith
Homie is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family—blood and chosen—arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez’s friends and for you and for yours.

& colin kaepernick is my president, who kneels on the air
bent toward a branch, throwing apples down to the children & vets
  & rihanna is my president, walking out of global summitswith wine glass in hand, our taxes returned in goldto dust our faces into coins   & my mama is my president, her grace stuntson amazing, brown hands breaking brown bread overmouths of the hungry until there are none unfed   & my grandma is my president & her cabinet is her cabinetcause she knows to trust what the pan knowshow the skillet wins the war  
—from “my president”

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About the Author

Danez  Smith
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Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. They live in Minneapolis.
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Upcoming Events

Danez Smith appearinf as part of "This Movie Changed Me"

In conversation with Maria Percy Ruiz.

Danez Smith appearing at Moon Palace Books


Danez Smith appearing at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco in San Francisco, CAview map

Danez Smith appearing at Brazos Bookstore

Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TXview map

Danez Smith appearing at New York Public Library

New York Public Library in New York, NYview map

FutureLit: A Conversation & Celebration with Danez Smith, Donika Kelly, and Malcolm Tariq

BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, NYview map

What is the sustenance within storytelling? How do we make a vessel for difficult conversations? Where does art live in the body?

Graywolf Press partners with BAM to present an evening of readings and conversation with authors that are writing us into the future and broadening literary horizons. Select Graywolf authors present original work, prompting dialogue about what the future of art holds, written and otherwise. Afterwards, we offer nourishment, drinks, spaces to mingle, and comfortable corners to read, and invite attendees to help cultivate a collective space to dream, dialogue, and recreate. We’ll open the floor to music and dancing and encourage you to continue the conversation as you like, through movement, language, or an expression of your choosing.

Books will be available for purchase through Greenlight Bookstore, BAM’s official bookseller, with selections by featured authors available at a special 15% discount for attendees of this event.

Danez Smith and Carmen Maria Machado appearing at Egg Resturant

Egg Restaurant in Brooklyn, NYview map

Danez Smith appearing as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival

Madison Public Library in Madison, WIview map

Danez Smith appearing at the American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum in Chicago, ILview map

Danez Smith appearing at California African American Museum

Be Ours: Palentine's Day with Danez and the Homies. Presented in partnership with PEN America. 


  • “[Homie] offers the opportunity to witness ‘the miracle of other people’s lives’ and will challenge you to consider how and why that miracle is dismissed in countless daily acts of racial aggression.”Star Tribune
  • “[Homie] is a collection that confirms Smith’s great talent.”—Buzzfeed
  • “Danez Smith is a powerhouse of poetry. . . . Their language is always electric, and Homie is no exception. The ways in which Smith combines syntax, humor, reverence and irreverence are stunning, and this collection of odes is bound to be a widespread poetry favorite.”Lit Hub
  • “A collection as dazzling as it is bighearted. . . . Dynamic, breathtaking, and utterly brilliant, these poems are not only most magnificent weapons but also salves to share and songs to shout at the top of one’s lungs. A transcendent collection sure to bolster Smith’s status as a poetry icon.”Booklist, starred review
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