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Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen, Associate Professor

Khadisha Queen, Associate Professor
Khadijah Queen, Associate Professor

Department of English
443 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Khadijah Queen is an associate professor in the Department of English as part of the award-winning creative writing faculty. 

Queen is the author of six books, including "I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On." Earlier poetry collections include "Conduit," "Black Peculiar," and "Fearful Beloved." Her verse play "Non-Sequitur" 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 in 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. Her sixth book is "ANODYNE."

  • PhD in Creative Writing, University of Denver
  • MFA studies, University of South Florida
  • MFA in Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
  • BA in English, University of Maryland


  • Doris Schwalbe Research Travel Grant & London Residency, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Summer Faculty Research Grant ($6800), University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Carolyn Woodward Pope Award ($2500), University of Colorado at Boulder for I'm So Fine: A List
  • of Famous Men & What I Had On
  • CAHSS Student Research Award, University of Denver
  • Finalist: Julie Suk Poetry Award from Jacar Press, Balcones Poetry Prize, and CLMP Firecracker
  • Award in Fiction for I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, poetry
  • Merit Scholarship ($4500), University of Denver
  • Finalist, National Poetry Series for I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, poetry
  • Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers ($2500), selected by Fiona
  • Templeton, Tonya Foster, Caroline Bergvall and E. Tracy Grinnell
  • Best of the Net Award, Sundress Publications, selected by Mary Biddinger
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, poetry
  • 2010 Noemi Award for Poetry; Black Peculiar selected by editors of Noemi Press
  • Finalist, Switchback Books Gatewood Poetry Prize (withdrawn due to win at Noemi Press)
  • Full tuition, housing and travel scholarship, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
  • Idyllwild Arts Summer Poetry Fellowship
  • Full tuition, room and board fellowship, Cave Canem Foundation
  • Eloise Klein Healy Scholarship, Antioch University Los Angeles
  • Two Pushcart Prize nominations, poetry
  •  Navy Achievement Medal, US Navy
Selected Books
  • Anodyne. Tin House Books, August 2020. Poetry.
  • I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. YesYes Books 2017. Hybrid poetry/prose.
  • Non-Sequitur. Litmus Press, 2015. Verse play.
  • Fearful Beloved. Argos Books, 2015. Poetry.
  • Black Peculiar. Noemi Press, 2011. Hybrid poetry/drama.
  • Conduit. Black Goat/Akashic Books, 2008. Poetry.

Selected Anthologies (poetry)

  • “I Want to Not Have to Write Another Word About Who the Cops Keep Killing.” Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today. Kevin Young, ed. Library of America, forthcoming 2020.
  • “Any Other Name.” In Halal if You Hear Me. Safia Elhillo and Fatimah Ashgar, eds. Haymarket Books 2019: 111-113.
  • “The Dream Act,” “When I Met LL Cool J,” “I Want to Not Have to Write Another Word About Who the
  • Cops Keep Killing.” Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing. Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin, eds. Kore Press 2018: 158-167.
  • "Non-Sequitur: Act III." Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov, eds. Rose Metal Press 2015: 220-228.
  • Five poems from Black Peculiar. The Volta Book of Poets. Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, eds. Sidebrow 2014: 247-252.
  • "Inglewood Sunday, 1986." Everyman's Pocket Library of Villanelles. Annie Finch and Marie Elizabeth Mali, eds. Random House 2012: 131.
  • "Bring the Rain." A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz, eds. University of Akron Press 2012: 161.
  • "Stretcher II." Best American Nonrequired Reading. Dave Eggers, ed. Houghton Mifflin 2010: 41.
  • "The New Reb" and "Peacekeeping in Bunia." Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. Frances Payne Adler, Debra Busman and Diana Garcia, eds. University of Arizona Press 2009: 46 and 312.
  • "Stretcher I," "Stretcher II," and "35x36." Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq. Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain, eds. Kore Press 2008: 54-55, 65.

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