Next Letter in the Mail: Kyle Dargan


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning poet Kyle Dargan! Kyle writes to us about how being a “modern father” is kind of like being a show dog, why we should expect more from fathers, and why he has yet to write about being a father in his poetry.

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Kyle Dargan is the author of the poetry collection Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His four previous collections were published by the University of Georgia Press. He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His books have also been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. Dargan has partnered with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He is currently an Associate Professor of literature and Assistant Director of creative writing at American University.


Photograph of Kyle Dargan by Nivea Castro.