Randall Horton

Randall Horton is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. He has been interviewed for on Fox News, NPR, CTNPR, CSPAN, the New Haven Register and countless journals, magazines, and radio shows. He sits on the Advisory Board of Pen America’s Pen Prison Writing Program. In 2018-2019 Randall was selected as Poet-in-Residence for the Civil Rights Corps in Washington DC, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. Randall has toured, conducted workshops and lectured at numerous adult and juvenile detention centers across the nation to provide encouragement and hope for those entangled within the legal system. He is very interested in eradicating the language of incarceration that tends to re-criminalize those entangled in the legal system. Currently, Dr. Horton is the only tenured Full Professor at a United States university or college who has seven felony convictions. He is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders which received the 2018 American Book Award in Oral Literature and their latest musical project, The Baraka Sessions, was named best vocal jazz album by NPR in 2019. Randall’s latest collection of poetry, {#289-128}, was published by the University of Kentucky Press in September 2020 and won an American Book Award. His memoir-in-essays, DEAD WEIGHT, which chronicles his improbable turn-around from drug smuggler to tenured professor and explores how the weight of felony convictions never leaves the returning citizen, was published as a lead title from Northwestern University Press in February 2022. Dr. Horton is a Professor of English at the University of New Haven.

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