Current Laureate Diannely Antigua

Photo by Tony Ochoa

Photo by Tony Ochoa

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music  was the winner of the Pamet River Prize and a 2020 Whiting Award. She received her BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she won the Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Scholarship; and received her MFA at NYU where she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program, and was a finalist for the 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and chosen for the Best of the Net Anthology. She lives in Portsmouth and has been a fixture at all the readings in town where she has shown again and again that not only is she a great poet but she also has an amazingly warm, friendly, magnetic and enthusiastic personality. And all of these qualities are the makings of a great poet laureate. We are so grateful that she has accepted her nomination for this post and we cannot wait to get to work with her on her projects, and continue this now 25 year old tradition with the pplp of building community with poetry in Portsmouth and beyond. 

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