Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹, and Brooklyn. He is author of tarnish & masquerade, (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books, 2010), Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors award for poetry; and Where Brooklyn At?! (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2016).
Among the places his poetry and prose have been published are Rattapallax, Louisville University Review, Union Station Magazine, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets – Poem a Day, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine Online, Callaloo, Apex Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and in several anthologies.
Roger is Writer-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, and frontman for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough. A Cave Canem fellow, Roger is creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: Reading Series, and the Baldwin Protocols, a series of arts-based interventions in the form of workshops, seminars and lectures which help students of color and first generation students traverse the potential pitfalls of life in Primarily White Institutions of higher learning.
Roger has taught Creative Writing at every level from Kindergarten to Research 1 Universities. He is Program Director, teaches, and writes on Pedagogy and Curriculum design with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and Cook County Jail Division 10, Chicago, IL. He is the father of Uma, Nina and Arima.