Khadijah Queen


Author's Bio

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books, most recently Anodyne (Tin House 2020), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from Poetry Society of America. Her fifth book is I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017), praised in O Magazine, The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere as “quietly devastating” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out.” Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women's Performance Writing. The award included a staged reading at the New Ohio Theater and a full production at Theaterlab, both directed by Fiona Templeton and performed by The Relationship Theater Company in New York City. Individual poems and essays have been published in The New York Times, Fence, Ploughshares, Poetry, Gulf Coast, and widely elsewhere. A zuihitsu about the pandemic, “False Dawn,” appeared in Harper’s Magazine in 2020. She holds a PhD in English and Literary Arts from University of Denver.

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Publications & Prizes

Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015)
A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012)
Everyman's Pocket Library of Villanelles (Random House, 2012)
Best American Nonrequired Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)
Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2009)
Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq (Kore Press, 2008)
I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017)
Fearful Beloved (Argos Books, 2015)
Black Peculiar (Noemi Press, 2011)
no isla encanta (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2007)
Exercises in Painting (Bloof Books, 2016)
bloodroot (Dancing Girl Press, 2015)
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Salt River Review
Spoon River Poetry Review
Three Candles
Tin House
Prizes won: 

2010 Noemi Book Award for Poetry, 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing, William Carlos Williams Book Award 2020

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Another Country by James Baldwin, DUB by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, The Writing of the Disaster by Maurice Blanchot

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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Teenagers, Veterans
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Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Apr 30, 2022