Shayla Hawkins

Detroit, MI

Author's Bio

"For every lie we're told by advertisers and politicians, we need one poem to balance it." ~ Jorie Graham

Publications and Prizes

(David Robert Books, 2012)
Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse
(Moonrise Press, 2010)
, Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince
(NightBallet Press, 2016)
, Mona Poetica
(Mayapple Press, 2005)
, Role Call
(Third World Press, 2002)
, Tall...ish
(Pure Slush, 2016)
, The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics
(Terrapin Books, 2018)
, Vwa: Poems for Haiti
(CreateSpace, 2010)
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 Won: 
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: 
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Arabian Nights II by Hussain Haddawy, Translator
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Favorite Books: 
The Bible; Like Water for Chocolate; Wuthering Heights; Their Eyes Were Watching God; The Farming of Bones; Mama Day; Soulcatcher and Other Stories; Middle Passage; Pride and Prejudice; Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire; Of Love and Other Demons; Finding Nouf; Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry; Nectar From a Stone; Girl With a Pearl Earring; The Painted Girls; Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems
Favorite Authors: 
Emily Brontë, Laura Esquivel, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Johnson, Gloria Naylor, Edwidge Danticat, Lucille Clifton, Ruth Downie, Zoë Ferraris, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Donne, and Pablo Neruda

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Last updated: Sep 28, 2018