Cornelius Eady

Missouri, United States

Member Since: 10/15/2012

Poet/Playwright Cornelius Eady is the author of several poetry collections: Kartunes; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; You Don't Miss Your Water; The Autobiography of a Jukebox; Brutal Imagination; and most recently, Hardheaded Weather (Putnam, 2008). His awards include Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Traveling Scholarship, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award. His work appears in many journals, magazines, and the anthologies Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep, In Search of Color Everywhere, and The Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry, (1750-2000). He is co-founder of Cave Canem, and is currently The Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and Professor in English at The University of Missouri-Columbia.


Twitter Username: @roughband


  • Book of Hooks, vol. 1 & 2 , Kattywompus (January 20, 2013)
  • Singing While Black , Kattywompus (April 8, 2015)


  • Miler Family Chair; Prof. of English and Theater at University of Missouri-Columbia (August 2011 - )


  • Doctoral Degree in Arts (honorary) from University of Rochester (May 2010)

Genres of Interest

Playwriting, Poetry