Tiana Clark

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Tiana Clark
Notable works
  • Equilibrium
  • I Can't Talk About The Trees Without The Blood
  • "BBHMM"
Notable awards

Tiana Clark is an American poet. Clark is the author of Equilibrium and I Can't Talk About The Trees Without The Blood. Her work has been recognized with a Rattle Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize.


Clark received her B.A in Africana and Women’s Studies at TSU, then graduated from Vanderbilt University's M.F.A. program. She worked as the editor for the Nashville Review while at the university.[1][2]


The chapbook Equilibrium was published by Bull City Press after the manuscript won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.[3][4] The book draws on religious themes and language to explore being both Black and a woman.[5][6] I Can't Talk About The Trees Without The Blood, Clark's first full length collection, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018.[7]

Clark's poem "The Ayes Have It", a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin was adapted into a short film by Savanah Leaf.[8] Her poem "BBHMM" won a 2019 Pushcart Prize.[9]


  • 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize[2]
  • 2016 Afaa Michael Weaver Award for Frost Place Chapbook Competition for Equilibrium[3][10]
  • 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize[11]
  • 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize[12]
  • 2017 Furious Flower's Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize[13]
  • 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing[14]
  • 2019 Pushcart Prize[15]
  • 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award[16]


  • Equilibrium: Poems Bull City Press, 2016. ISBN 9781495157646
  • I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. ISBN 9780822965589


  1. ^ "Vanderbilt MFA student wins top poetry prize". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Be brave, be reckless, stay weird: An interview with poet Tiana Clark". The Porch. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  3. ^ a b "Conversations with Contributors: Tiana Clark (Issue Fourteen, Poetry)". The Adroit Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ "Confession, Communion: Three Poetry Chapbooks & Religion". blog.pshares.org. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  5. ^ "West Branch Wired". www.bucknell.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  6. ^ "Book Review: Equilibrium by Tiana Clark - The Los Angeles Review". The Los Angeles Review. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  7. ^ "National Poetry Month Day 17: Tiana Clark". The Rumpus.net. 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  8. ^ "Film, poetry and politics collide at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix". The Arizona State Press. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  9. ^ 2019 Pushcart prize XLIII: best of the small presses. Worldcat. OCLC 1062364412. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  10. ^ "2016 Frost Place Chapbook Fellow Tiana Clark". The Frost Place. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  11. ^ "Southern Festival of Books Preview, Part II: What Really Inspires Nashville Authors Alice Randall, Tiana Clark, and Sarah Hays Coomer". musing. 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  12. ^ "Tiana Clark, MFA '17, wins Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize". Vanderbilt University. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  13. ^ "Virtue Signaling, Wisconsin by Tiana Clark - The Los Angeles Review". The Los Angeles Review. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  14. ^ "Dinnerview: Tiana Clark". ENTROPY. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  15. ^ Clark, Tiana (2018). I Can't Talk About The Trees Without The Blood. United States of America: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-6558-9.
  16. ^ "2020 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners". Claremont Graduate University. Retrieved 28 May 2020.