Winner of the 2016 PEN / New England Award in Poetry, the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year for Poetry, a winner of the National Council on Crime; Delinquency’s (NCCD) 2016 Media for a Just Society Award, the 2016 Housatonic Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, made Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry” list, and was a finalist for both the Firecracker Award in Poetry and the 2016 Wheatley Book Award in Poetry.
Winner of the 2017 Housatonic Book Award in Poetry.
Winner of the 2015 Golden Crown Award in Poetry.
Winner of the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, a nominee for the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the recipient of an honorable mention for the Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Poetry, and was nominated for the 46th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. Digest was selected by Lloyd Schwartz for The Artery’s (WBUR) “Fiction, Biography, Poetry And More — The Best Books Of 2015” list.
Winner of the 20th Annual Julia Ward Howe Award.
Winner of the 2018 UNT Rilke Prize