Khadijah Queen
Finalist for 2015 National Poetry Series; 
Winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers

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I'm So fine

My writing concerns feminism/womanism across the gender spectrum, 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, new poems, an autobiographical novel, and a research-based prose 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 the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, Litmus Press published her verse play Non-Sequitur in 2015. Fiona Templeton's The Relationship theater company staged a full production off-Broadway at Theaterlab NYC from December 10 - 20, 2015. Individual poems and prose appear in The American Poetry ReviewFenceTin HouseBuzzfeedHyperallergicGulf Coast, and widely elsewhere. Reviews of her work can be found in The New YorkerBOMB MagazineLos Angeles ReviewKenyon 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. Queen is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of Colorado in Boulder, and serves as core faculty in poetry for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University.


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