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Malachi Black

Assistant Professor

Malachi Black came to USD in 2014 from Emory University, where he served as the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry from 2013-2014. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Utah in 2014. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Black is currently at work on his second collection of poetry, Indirect Light; his first book, Storm Toward Morning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in November 2014. He teaches a range of undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Poetry and Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing, and assists with both the Cropper Writers Series and USD’s new online creative writing journal.


Ph.D., University of Utah, Literature with Creative Writing (Poetry), 2014

M.F.A., Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin, Creative Writing (Poetry), 2010

B.A., New York University, Literature (summa cum laude), 2004

Scholarly and Creative Work

Black is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, November 2014) and two limited-edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argos Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). Black’s poems appear in journals such as AGNI, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Narrative, Poetry, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, and The Southern Review, among others, and have been featured in a number of anthologies, including Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale UP, 2013), Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012), and The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing [U.K.], 2014). Black was the recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship (awarded by the Poetry Foundation in conjunction with Poetry magazine), and he has since received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the University of Utah, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in the Fall 2011 issue of the Academy of American Poets’ magazine, American Poet, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. Black’s central scholarly interests include influence, historical prosody, and prosody. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Textual Practice and ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, among other venues.

Teaching Interests

Black’s teaching interests include poetry and poetry writing, prosody, the devotional lyric, epistolary forms, and contemporary engagement with literary-historical convention and technique.