Khadijah Queen

Bio

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 MagazineThe New Yorker, Rain TaxiLos 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 full staged production of the play at Theaterlab NYC from December 10 – 20, 2015 by Fiona Templeton’s The Relationshiptheater company. 

Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, American Poetry ReviewBuzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, Memoir, DIAGRAM,LitHubPoetry, 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).

Awards

2019 Carolyn Woodward Pope Endowment Prize for Faculty Publication from University of Colorado, Boulder, for I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On

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