Professional Bio

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Akashic Books 2008) and Black Peculiar (2011), which won the Noemi Press book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books. Individual poems and prose appear in jubilat, Aufgabe, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Rattle, The Volta Book of Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Memoir, Cutthroat, Everyman's Pocket Library of Villanelles, Fire and Ink: A Social Action Anthology, Spillway, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. She has performed her work nationally and internationally, and since 2008 has curated the multi-genre reading series Courting Risk. Her third book, Fearful Beloved, will appear in fall 2015.

Khadijah is interested in working with students whose curiosity and passion lead them to enthusiastic and constant evolution as writers, and to a sustained creative practice. Her specialties and favorite topics: sound, hybrid forms, the long poem/series, persona poems, ekphrasis, performance, and building the manuscript.