Harryette Mullen

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Harryette Mullen

Harryette Mullen teaches courses in African American literature, American poetry, and creative writing at UCLA. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published widely and reprinted in over one hundred anthologies, including several published by Norton, Oxford, Cambridge, and Penguin presses. Her work has been selected four times for the Best American Poetry anthology series. She is a recipient of a Jackson Poetry Prize, United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Katherine Newman Award for Best Essay on Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poems have been translated into ten languages. She has published seven poetry books, including Recyclopedia (Graywolf, 2006), winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002), a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A collection of her essays and interviews, The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be, was published in 2012 by University of Alabama Press. Her most recent collection of poetry, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013.