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Adam Falkner

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Adam Falkner
BornAnn Arbor, Michigan
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Poet, artist, educator, scholar

Adam Falkner (born in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American poet, artist, educator, and scholar.[1]

Falkner is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has appeared in the New York Times, and he has been a featured performer at President Barack Obama's Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.[2]


Falkner is from Ann Arbor,[3] Michigan and went to Pioneer High School. He attended the University of Michigan (2007) as an undergraduate student.[4] He holds a MA in English from Brooklyn College (2011), and a PhD in English & Education from Columbia University (2018).[5]


Falkner's writing and work focus on intersectional themes of race, gender, queer life and social justice education.


Falkner's book, The Willies,[6] is a portrait of the "journey into queerhood" in America.[7] The book has received praise from National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon, and from writers and critics Saeed Jones, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Patricia Smith for its “vulnerability, determination, lyricism and incisiveness.”[8][9]

Falkner has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work also has appeared in the New York Times and on TED, and he was a featured performer at President Barack Obama's Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.[2]

Educational leadership[edit]

Prior to pursuing doctoral study at Columbia University's Teachers College, Falkner taught high school English in New York City's public schools.[10] He founded the Dialogue Arts Project,[11][12][13][14] and is a national lecturer and consultant around themes of culturally empowering education.[15][16] He has taught English Education and Sociology at Vassar College and Columbia University's Teachers College.[17]

Falkner is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Columbia University, the Pahara Foundation, New York City Department of Education, Americorps, the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Public Theater, and elsewhere.

Scholarship and research[edit]

Falkner is a scholar of critical education. His dissertation research, under the direction of Dr. Ernest Morrell, examined performance and storytelling rituals in schools as creative ways to cultivate classroom dialogue about identity, culture and politics.

Acting and others[edit]

Falkner is also an actor and a musician. He has played supporting roles in several films, including Lionsgate's Love, Beats & Rhymes, which starred rappers Azaelia Banks and Common.

Personal life[edit]

Falkner is openly gay. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.[18]


  • Willies, 2018
  • Adoption. Diode Editions, 2017
  • Ten For Faheem, 2012
  • Resisting Arrest, University of Georgia Press, 2018
  • The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop. Haymarket Books, 2016
  • Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Living and Learning. Red Beard Press, 2014[19]


  1. Malesevic, Dusica Sue (2013-04-21). "On the Train, or at the Laundromat, Your Poem Begins … Now". The New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Olayiwola, Porsha (2020-02-04). "Philly Writers". Bluestoop. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  3. Zick, Anthony (August 1, 2017). "A New Era for Ann Arbor Youth Writers". Current. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  4. "Alumni Spotlight: Adam Falkner". University of Michigan. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  5. Shrayfer, Lilia (February 5, 2020). "New in February: Brandon Taylor, R. Eric Thomas, and Lidia Yuknavitch". Lambda Literary. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  6. Falkner, Adam. "The Willies". Button Poetry. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  7. "Best New Poets 2020 Nominations". Thrush Poetry Journal. 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  8. Fuentes, Janet (Mar 18, 2020). "Adam Falkner: Poetry Performance". Patch. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  9. Goodman, Elyssa (February 6, 2020). "Adam Falkner Confronts Queer Shame, and His Father's Alcoholism, in The Willies". them.us. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  10. "Mount Pleasant Library to Host Award-Winning Poet Falkner for Night of Performance Poetry". golocalprov.com. February 19, 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  11. Chauhan, Anita (2020-01-28). "Unlocking human connection in the workplace and beyond: Introducing Dr. Adam Falkner to the Crescendo Team". Crescendo Work. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  12. "Performance, Poetry and the Dialogue Arts Project". New Jersey Institute of Technology. 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  13. "Convocation profiles the Dialogue Arts Project, using creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference". Carleton University. January 23, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  14. "Episode 36: Dialogue Arts Project". Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). 2017-09-05. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  15. Gellmann, Elizabeth (2019-11-22). "Cultivating Community series lecturer invites students to be more considerate as they interact with other people". thelamron.com. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  16. Montgomery, Sarah Jasmine (2017-10-11). "Watch the trailer for RZA's upcoming film starring Azealia Banks". The Fader. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  17. "How can writing change the world?". New Jersey Institute of Technology. Oct 7, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  18. "Poet Of The Week: Patricia Smith". Brooklyn Poets. February 17, 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  19. Falkner, Adam. "Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living". Retrieved June 20, 2020.

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