Khalisa Rae Thompson



Author's Bio

Khalisa Rae is a poet and journalist in Durham, NC, and author of Real Girls Have Real Problems chapbook. Her poetry can be seen in Crab FatDamaged GoodsHellebore, Terse, Sundog Lit, PANK Tishman Review, Occulum, the Obsidian, among others. She is the winner of the Bright Wings Poetry contest, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the White Stag Publishing Contest, among others. Currently, she serves as Managing Equity Editor at Carve Magazine and Writing Center Director at Shaw University. Her debut collections, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat are forthcoming from Red Hen Press in April 2021 and Unlearning Eden from White Stag Publishing Summer '21. 

Publications & Prizes

Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press, 2021)
Prizes won: 

Bright Wins Poetry Prize

Femme Lit Prize

Gwendolyn Brooks Prize Finalist 

White Stag Publishing Prize 

Voicemail Poetry Prize

Lucille Clifton Prize

Comstock Review Finalist 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Claudia Rankine, Lucille Clifton, James Baldwin
What I'm reading now: 
Queenie by Candice Carty Williams , Some Are Always Hungry by Jihyun Yun

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, LGBTQ, Women
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Last update: Feb 07, 2021