Read my work

Three poems “Red Emma’s Bookstore”, “Don’t tell Ayaa” and “I can love you” appears in I (Want to) Love You, Baltimore.

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“Home is a Woman”, winner of the James Olney Award, appears in The Southern Review Spring 2020 issue, can be read here.  

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Read my first published fiction story “Atat” in the Relations anthology. Preorder a copy here.

Read nonfiction story “Tangawizi” in The Roots That Help Us Grow: An Authentic Voices Anthology Volume 1. Order the anthology here.

Photo credit: Emmanuel Ikwuegbu

List of Grants, Awards, Fellowships, Scholarships, Residencies, and Workshops

Awards & Honors 

  • Best New Poets 2022
  • 2022 Periplus Fellowship finalist
  • The Southern Review’s 2020 James Olney Award for “Home is a Woman”
  • Nomination for 2021 Best New Poets for “Home is a Woman”
  • Finalist for 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize
  • Winner of a 2021 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship
  • Brooklyn Poets Poet of the Week (November 29-December 5, 2021)





  • Recipient of the 2022 Mayor’s Individual Artist Award from the Creative Baltimore Fund, a grant from Mayor Brandon Scott, the City of Baltimore, and The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)
  • Recipient of 2021 Poets & Writers’ Open Door Career Advancement Grant



  • 2022 Fellow for The Dots Between, a six-month financial coaching program for artists and creatives
  • Selected for 2021 WNBA (Women’s National Book Association)’s Authentic Voices Fellowship, non-fiction creative writing


  • 2022 AWP Conference and Bookfair Scholarship
  • 2022 Maryland Arts Day Scholarship
  • Awarded scholarship from The Shipman Agency to attend 2021 Craft Seminar: Revolutionary Poetics with Kaveh Akbar
  • 2021 Catapult Scholarship: 4-Week Online Poetry Workshop: Decolonizing Poetry
  • Awarded scholarship by White Whale Bookstore for 2020 Non-fiction Workshop: Writing Your Family Tree
  • Awarded with scholarship from The Cabin for Daniel Stewart’s 2020 workshop Reading & Writing Poems


  • Selected for 2021 Hues Foundation Fellowship (poetry)
  • Selected for 2021 Tin House Writers Workshop (Fiction)
  • Selected for 2021 Kenyon Writers Workshop (Poetry)
  • Selected for the 2020 Rari Poetry Workshop, a pan-African Writers Workshop for emerging African and Black poets

Community Service/Literary Citizenship

  • Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Panelist, July 2022 – June 2023
  • Editor for Artist Employment Initiative panel at Maryland State Arts Council, 2022
  • Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2022
  • Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Awards Panelist, 2022
  • Poetry Judge for regional and state competitions for Poetry Out Loud, 2021, 2022
  • Volunteer for Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington DC, 2018

About the author

Arao Ameny is a writer, poet, and illustrator.

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