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 Zoland Poetry No. 2 among others. He is a Cave Canem fellow and cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets.

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)
, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South
(University of Georgia Press, 2007)
, Zoland Poetry No. 2
(Zoland Books, 2008)
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: 
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

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Iowa City, IA
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Last updated: Dec 11, 2015