Richard Prins is a New Yorker who also spends time in Lusaka and Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and Adjunct Instructor of Creative Writing. Now he avoids situations where he might be asked, “what do you do?” and have to answer “I’m a poet” without sounding too wacky or precious.
His poems and prose have appeared in dozens of literary journals and been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays 2014 and Best American Travel Writing 2020. Current projects include a poetry manuscript “Naked Choir” and a travel memoir “The Wanderer Eats His Own Legs”. He has taught creative writing to elementary, high school, and college students, as well as disabled adults. He manages a mixed-use building in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, where he lives.