Mitchell L. H. Douglas

425 University Boulevard Cavanaugh Hall, Rm 503V
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 278-0421

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 Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky among others. He is a Cave Canem graduate and cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets. His third collection of poems, dying in the scarecrow's arms, is forthcoming from Persea Books in spring 2018.

Publications and Prizes

Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem
(Red Hen Press, 2009)
, \blak\ \al-fə bet\
(Persea Books/Karen & Michael Braziller, 2013)
America! What's My Name?
(Wind Publishing, 2007)
, Poetic Voices Without Borders
(Gival Press, 2005)
, Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky
(Jacar Press, 2016)
, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South
(University of Georgia Press, 2007)
, Zoland Poetry No. 2
(Zoland Books, 2008)
African Voices, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Louisville Review, Ninth Letter, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Sou'wester, Tidal Basin Review
Prizes Won: 
2011 Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Kitchen-Dwellers Testimony by Ladan Osman
American Purgatory by Rebecca Gayle Howell
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded by Molly McCully Brown
Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing by Charif Shanahan

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Iowa City, IA
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Last updated: Sep 26, 2017