Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen, PhD, is the author of six books, including 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, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere as “quietly devastating,” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out.”

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 fully 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 in Fence, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, Memoir, DIAGRAM, LitHub, Poetry, The Force of What’s Possible and widely elsewhere. Other reviews of her work can be found in BOMB Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Kenyon Review, and other publications. In 2019 she co-edited an op-ed on poetry and disability with Jillian Weise for The New York Times. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. Her sixth book is ANODYNE (Tin House 2020).

How not to hate your dying mother who more than once tried to kill you
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