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 & Prizes

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

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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 update: Sep 26, 2017