Darius Stewart was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, where, for the past several years, he has subsidized his writing career by bartending at the perennially award-winning seafood house, Chesapeake’s, in downtown Knoxville. He attended Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee—Knoxville, where he earned an honors BA in English. As an undergraduate, he has been a Rotary Scholar, a Mangam Minority Merit Scholar, and a June Fellow in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Other honors include the Knickerbocker Poetry Prize, the Margaret Artley Woodruff Award, the Eleanora Burke Award for nonfiction, the Eleanor B. North Poetry Award from The Rectangle (the literary magazine of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society) and the Ann Hight Gore Thesis Prize.
In 2007, Darius received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, the University of Texas—Austin, where he was a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry. He has published three chapbook collections of poetry, including The Ghost the Night Becomes (2014), which won the 2013 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. He has been a visiting poet at East Tennessee State University and Tusculum College, a featured poet of the Austin International Poetry Festival and the Poetry Festival at Round Top. His poetry and prose have appeared in Callaloo, Meridian, the Seattle Review, Many Mountains Moving, Poet Lore, the Potomac Review, storySouth, Appalachian Heritage, two volumes of the Southern Poetry Anthology, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Verse Daily, and numerous others.
Darius arrives in Iowa City with his pit-hound mix dog, Fry, with whom he hopes to continue living (and writing) somewhat peacefully.