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Janann Dawkins

Author's Bio

I am an American Studies scholar who wrote rap lyrics before coming to poetry. I am interested in deconstructing societal constructs such as race, gender, and class. I am an atypical feminist who enjoys employing rhetorical devices to write about the erotic. I am an editor by trade, a typist by skill, and a grammarian and etymologist at heart. I seek the hidden and unspoken voices and imagery of American culture.

Publications and Prizes

(A Brilliant) Record Magazine, ALBA, Anastomoo, Apparatus Magazine, At-Large Magazine, Blinking Cursor, Blue Fifth Review, BluePrintReview, Bolts Of Silk, Breadcrumb Scabs, Calliope Nerve, Camroc Press Review, Counterexample Poetics, Danse Macabre, decomP, Every Day Poets, Existere, First Class, Foliate Oak, freefall, FutureCycle Poetry, Gloom Cupboard, Grinnel Review, Gutter Eloquence, Journal of Truth and Consequence, Left Behind, Literary House Review, Literary Tonic, Louisville Review, Mad Swirl, Mezzo Cammin, Milk Money, MiPOesias, Mississippi Crow, Mobius, Oak Bend Review, Orange Room Review, Ouroboros Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Phoebe, Poesia, Poetry Super Highway, Quantum Poetry Magazine, right hand pointing, Sage Trail, San Pedro River Review, Sein und Werden, Shoots and Vines, Taj Mahal Review, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, Tonopah Review, twenty20 Journal, Twilight Ending, Two Review, Up The Staircase, Verse Wisconsin, Westward Quarterly
Honorable Mention, Seldon Whitcomb Poetry Contest, Grinnell College (1998). Yusef Komunyakaa, judge. Piece: "electra".

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Wallace Stevens James Tate e.e. cummings Anne Sexton Sharon Olds Yusef Komunyakaa Rita Dove Amiri Baraka Sylvia Plath William Carlos Williams Charles Simic Mark Doty lyn lifshin T.S. Eliot Emily Dickinson Kim Addonizio Ruth Stone W. H. Auden Paul Verlaine Li-Young Lee

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Listing last updated: January 14, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Buddhist, Christian, Feminist, Mixed Race
Prefers to work with:
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in:
Born in:
Dearborn, MI
Raised in:
Belleville, MI

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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