Bryan Byrdlong is a Black writer from Chicago, Illinois. In high school, he was part of Chicago’s Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam competition. He has poems published in the Nashville Review, Pleiades, Apogee Journal, and Adroit Journal. Most recently, he is the winner of the Boulevard 2020 Contest for Emerging Poets. He is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.
Byrdlong won Boulevard Magazine’s Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets and the Michael R. Gutterman-Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan, and he received a Gregory Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal in 2020. In 2021, Byrdlong received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
Byrdlong lives in Los Angeles.