Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow, Providence, Rhode Island & Chestertown, Maryland, 2021
Emilia Galli Struppa Fellow of the Virginia Humanities, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia. 2018–19.
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Massachusetts. January 2016.
Brown Foundation Fellow of Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France, Summer 2015.
Langston Hughes Award, Langston Hughes Society, March 2014.
Louisiana Board of Regents Award to Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) 2008–09.
Manship Summer Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 2008.
Honorary Doctor of Letters, Dickinson College, May 2006.
Louisiana Writers Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry, November 2006.
Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana, 2005–2007.
Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Cassis, France, Spring 2004.
The American Book Award, 1998.
Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship, 1993.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Maxi-Grant, 1993.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship, 1990.
Writing Fellow, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1987–1988.
Resident Fellow, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York, 1987.
Resident Fellow, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia, 1987.
Fellow, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, Inc. Lexington, Kentucky, 1986–1987.
Bunting Fellow, The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Harvard University
[Resident Scholar in Creative Writing, Currier House, Radcliffe College] Cambridge, 1985–1986.
Bernadine Scherman Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1984.
AWP Poetry Award, The Associated Writing Programs (AWP), 1984.