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Mitchell L. H. Douglas

Mitchell L. H. Douglas

Author's Bio

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. His debut collection, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem (Red Hen Press, 2009) was nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category and a 2010 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His second poetry collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, was published in February 2013 by Persea Books. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter and the anthologies The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and Zoland Poetry No. 2 among others. He is a Cave Canem fellow and cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets.

Publications and Prizes

\blak\ \al-fə bet\ (Persea Books/Karen & Michael Braziller, 2013), Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem (Red Hen Press, 2009)
Zoland Poetry No. 2 (Zoland Books, 2008), America! What's My Name? (Wind Publishing, 2007), The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press, 2007), Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press, 2005)
Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Louisville Review, Ninth Letter, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Sou'wester, Tidal Basin Review
2011 Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
How To Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes, Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis, Boy with Thorn by Rickey Laurentis, chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer by Treasure Shields Redmond, 7 x 7 kwansabas by Tara Betts
Favorite Books:
Montage of Dream Deferred Lunch Poems Dien Cai Dau Brutal Imagination Rose
Favorite Authors:
Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Frank O'Hara, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Li-Young Lee, Ha Jin

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Listing last updated: December 11, 2015

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Born in:
Louisville, KY
Raised in:
Iowa City, IA

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