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Shayla Hawkins

Author's Bio

"I crave the experience of writing and sharing with others. It is what I do as an artist; as a human being." ~ Prince

Publications and Prizes

Carambola (David Robert Books, 2012)
Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (NightBallet Press, 2016), Tall...ish (Pure Slush, 2016), Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (Moonrise Press, 2010), Vwa: Poems for Haiti (Create Space, 2010), Mona Poetica (Mayapple Press, 2005), Role Call (Third World Press, 2002)
African Voices, Afterthoughts, Ancient Paths, Aunt Chloe, Blue Fifth Review, Calabash, Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Driftwood Review, Drumvoices Revue, Edison Literary Review, Graffiti Rag, Magnapoets, Maxis Review, Naugatuck River Review, Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Paris/Atlantic, Paterson Literary Review, Pembroke Magazine, Pyrta, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Solo Cafe, St. Somewhere, Sugar Mule, Taj Mahal Review, The Ambassador Poetry Project, Third Wednesday, Tidal Basin Review, Tongues of the Ocean, Torch: Poetry, Prose, and Short Stories by African American Women, Windsor Review, Yemassee
The Caribbean Writer Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Short Fiction; Winner: The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest; Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye, On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems by Barbara Hamby, Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Danny Danzinger, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Stephen Mitchell, Editor & Translator, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
Favorite Books:
The Bible, Like Water for Chocolate, Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry, Of Love and Other Demons, Middle Passage, Nectar from a Stone, Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire, The Dress Lodger, The Farming of Bones, Their Eyes Were Watching God, I, Juan de Pareja, Finding Nouf, City of Veils, Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Wide Sargasso Sea, Soulcatcher and Other Stories, Song of Solomon, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Douglass' Women, The Distant Marvels, The Pearl, Five Quarters of the Orange, Mama Day, The Red Tent, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sarah, The Chin Kiss King, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen, Collected Poems: Robert Hayden, The Seasons of Beento Blackbird, Girl With a Pearl Earring, The Inferno, The Anatomist's Wife, The Painted Girls, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Pope Joan, 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die, etc., etc., etc....
Favorite Authors:
Laura Esquivel, Zora Neale Hurston, Edwidge Danticat, Daphne Du Maurier, Pablo Neruda, Charles Johnson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Langston Hughes, the Brontë sisters (especially Emily), Christina Rossetti, Wislawa Szymborska, Robert Hayden, Toni Morrison, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Keats, Countee Cullen, Dante, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Herbert, Ellen Conford, O. Henry, Beverly Cleary, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ruth Downie, Jean Rhys, Khalil Gibran, Carolyn Keene, Zoe Ferraris, John Donne

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Listing last updated: June 7, 2016

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