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Ama Codjoe


Ama Codjoe is the author of Blood of the Air: Poems (Northwestern University Press, 2020) winner of the eighth annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Ama has been awarded support from Cave Canem, Jerome, Robert Rauschenberg, and Saltonstall foundations, as well as from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Crosstown Arts, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell. Her recent poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Ama is the recipient of The Georgia Review’s 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, a 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize, and a 2019 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

The Value of Support

"There have been many meaningful beginnings to my life as a writer, but one of the most significant was receiving the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. It provided me with financial support, public recognition, and an affirmation of my identity as an artist. It was a true gift that came just at the right time. I am honored to have joined a collective of past recipients whose work I admire and deeply respect. I am encouraged to write poems that can exist in conversation with the work of these women and in the larger field of poetry we are each a part of."

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