I'm interested in, teach and write about feminist concerns, the intersections between race/gender/class, art and performance, trauma and the body, hybrid genres and innovative forms, difficulty and accessibility in poetry, strategies for narrative inquiry, and how histories of place inform personal histories. Current projects include a book of poetics essays, a full-length play about women in the military, new poems, and a research-based historiography.
In the hands of a lesser poet, this might make for cacophony, but Queen is a virtuoso of voice, and these intimacies and distances are also between voice and body. — Kenyon Review
Queen is a calculated observer, interested in both the psychological and physical conditions of fear. — Boston Review
Queen’s beautifully crafted experiment is a mastery of both imagined and received poetic forms. — BOMB Magazine
I’m So Fine is an accumulation of the speaker’s seeming “chance” encounters with men until Khadijah Queen unzips these “chance” meetings to their bones exposing this: there is no “chance” no “un-intention” no “misunderstanding” when it comes to the language andgestures men are forever devising and revising against the female body’s sexualities and desires. This is an accumulation that is the feminine memory, that has had enough, that has disengaged from the old to create a new layering... — Natalie Diaz
Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). As part of Leslie Scalapino Award, Litmus Press published her verse play Non-Sequitur, with a full production staged off-Broadway at Theaterlab from December 10 - 20, 2015 by The Relationship. Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Hyperallergic, LitHub and widely elsewhere. Reviews of her work can be found in BOMB Magazine, SCOUT, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Review, Open Letters Monthly, The Volta, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and other publications. Her fifth book, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On was published by YesYes Books in March 2017. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the new Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. Khadijah Queen is based in Colorado.