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H. Jerriod Avant

H. Jerriod Avant was born and raised in Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, Jerriod has earned MFA degrees from Spalding University and New York University. He has received scholarships from the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. A former resident at the James Castle House and Vermont Studio Center, Jerriod has received two winter fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an emerging artist grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, Pinwheel, Callaloo, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Obsidian, the Yale Review, and other journals. He is an adjunct instructor of English at the University of Mississippi. Avant’s debut poetry collection, Muscadine (2023), recently won the 2024 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for Poetry.

illustration of leaves on book cover for Muscadine