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Khadijah Queen, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Earlier poetry collections include Conduit (Akashic / Black Goat 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing. The prize included a full-staged production of the play at Theaterlab NYC from December 10 – 20, 2015 by Fiona Templeton’s The Relationship theater company. Individual poems and prose appear or are forthcoming in Fence, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, Tupelo Quarterly, Best American Nonrequired ReadingDIAGRAM, The Volta Book of PoetsLitHub, The Force of What’s Possible and widely elsewhere. Reviews of her work can be found in O MagazineThe New YorkerRain TaxiBOMB Magazine, SCOUT, Publishers WeeklyLos Angeles ReviewOpen Letters MonthlyThe Volta, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and other publications. She serves as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Educational History

PhD in English, University of Denver 2020
MFA in Creative Writing and Post-graduate certificate, Creative writing pedagogy, Antioch University Los Angeles
BA in English, University of Maryland

Finalist, 2018 Balcones Poetry Prize and CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction for I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
Finalist, 2015 National Poetry Series for I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
Winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers
Winner of the Noemi book award for poetry 2010 (Black Peculiar, also a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books)
Cave Canem fellowships in 2007, 2008, and 2011

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