John Keene is an African American writer and translator and the author of several collections, including Counternarratives,  Playland, and most recently Punks: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2022 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry. 

Published Works

Punks: New and Selected Poems


National Book Foundation Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

March 25, 2023 4PM – 5PM

John Keene (“Punks: New & Selected Poems”) and Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa (“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”) discuss how singular stories collectively shape history.

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