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Shayla Hawkins

Author's Bio

"Lyrics can lift one's heart, prose can make one think, and speeches can move one to action. Poetry can do all three." ~ Robyn Hammer-Clarey

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Carambola (David Robert Books, 2012)
Anthologies:
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)
Journals:
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
Prizes:
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:
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, The Arabian Nights by Husain Haddawy, Translator
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, Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems, 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 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 Bronte 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: September 23, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Christian
Fluent in:
French

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