Douglas Manuel

Bayard Rustin Teaching Fellow
Department of English Language & Literature

Academic History

Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature, University of Southern California, 2021

M.F.A in Poetry, Butler University, 2013

B.A. in English, Arizona State University, 2010 


Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana and now resides in Long Beach, California. His first collection of poems, Testify, won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry. His poems and essays can be found in numerous literary journals, magazines, and websites, most recently ZyzzyvaPleiades, and the New Orleans Review.

He has traveled to Egypt and Eritrea with The University of Iowa's International Writing Program to teach poetry. A recipient of the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts, he teaches at Spalding University’s low-res MFA program.  

Professional Activity


  • Trouble Funk (Red Hen Press, 2023).
  • Testify (Red Hen Press, 2017). Winner of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry.


  • Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2020)
  • The Beautiful Project (forthcoming)

Journal Publications

Booth, Chattahoochee Review, Crab Creek Review, Figure 1, Indianapolis Review, Konch, Los Angeles Review, Many Mountains Moving, Moira, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Poetry Foundation website, Poets & Writers, Pratik, Punchnels, Revolution John Magazine, Rhino, San Francisco Chronicle, Superstition Review, Thoughtsmith, Zyzzyva.

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts Fellowship Winner
  • 2020 Moses Dissertation Completion Fellowship, USC Creative Writing and Literature Program
  • 2019 Dana Gioia Poetry Award
  • 2018 University of Iowa International Writing Program Representative
  • 2018 USC Provost Office and USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry
  • 2014 Chris McCarthy Award, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference