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Willie Lee Kinard III

Willie Lee Kinard III (he/they) is a poet, designer, and musician forged in Newberry, South Carolina, and the author of Orders of Service, winner of the 2022 Alice James Award. With words in or forthcoming in Obsidian, The Adroit Journal, and The Rumpus, he is the winner of POETRY’s 2021 J. Howard & Barbara M. J. Wood Prize & an avid believer in evening thunderstorms & loose leaf tea. Go see ‘bout them at


Selected by Sonia Sanchez as a finalist for the 2021 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest

Willie Lee Kinard III