Bettering American Poetry

Bettering American Poetry 2015 is available now!

Featuring poetry by Hanif Abdurraqib, Aleph Altman-Mills, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Fatimah Asghar, Amber Atiya, Malaka Badr, Aziza Barnes, Samiya Bashir, Jenny Boully, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Wo Chan, Hayan Charara, Jos Charles, Don Mee Choi, Franny Choi, Aaron Coleman, Eduardo C. Corral, Rio Cortez, Cynthia Cruz, Kyle Dargan, Natalie Diaz, Tafisha A. Edwards, Natalie Eilbert, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, t’ai freedom ford, Sarah Gambito, Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia, Ross Gay, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Jean Grimm, B.B.P. Hosmillo, Brenda Iijima, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas Kearney, Jee Leong Koh, Rickey Laurentiis, Layli Long Soldier, Nate Marshall, Eduardo Martinez-Leyva, Sade Murphy, Lynn Melnick, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Urayoán Noel, Morgan Parker, Shelagh Patterson, Trace Peterson, Tommy Pico, Khadijah Queen, Arthur Russell, Lauren Russell, sam sax, Brittney Scott, Solmaz Sharif, Safiya Sinclair, Chris Slaughter, Christopher Soto, Carmen Giménez Smith, Melissa Studdard, Jennifer Tamayo, Terrell Jamal Terry, TC Tolbert, Joanna C. Valente, Grey Vild, Ocean Vuong, Sydnee Wagner, Michael Wasson, Phillip B. Williams, Tanaya Winder, Moss Angel Witchmonstr, Jamila Woods, Wendy Xu, and Lauren Yates

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AWP LA 2016 Panel Podcast

Episode 129: UA Poetry Center Presents: Spectacular Poetics & the Poetry of Spectacle

(Hannah Ensor, Kimiko Hahn, Adrian Matejka, Khadijah Queen) If poetry engages with spectacle, why, and in what ways? In this panel, we address increasingly ubiquitous confluences of poetics and spectacle. Is the poet's task to call attention to bright screens, to celebrity culture, to the many public-facing pleasures and pains of the 21st century? Do poets use spectacle (their understanding of audience, attention, flashing lights) to their advantage? When it comes to spectacle, do we want today's poets to decry it? Reveal it? Hold it up? Celebrate it?

Full Production of Non-Sequitur


Theaterlab | 357 W. 36th St 3rd floor

December 10 – 20, 2015
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm | Sunday at 3pm
Tickets: $15 HERE

Winner of the 2014-15 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers

For the 2014-15 Award, the judges were unanimous in selecting Khadijah’s play, NON SEQUITUR. We found it experimental in conception, language and performance approach, and by turns hilarious and moving. The play had a sold-out reading at the New Ohio Theater in November 2014. See our new dedicated website at


Reading and Workshop at Gemini Ink

Gemini Ink and the Southwest School of Art invite you to an evening of poetry and art featuring award-winning poet Khadijah Queen who will read from her forthcoming book, Fearful Beloved.

The gallery will host “Familiar Institutions: B(l)ack Talk,” featuring women artists that have created work in response to Khadijah‘s poems. Artists include Lovie Olivia, Deborah Roberts, Bernice Appelin-Williams, Tonya Gregg, Letitia Huckaby and Lauren Cross. For information on the workshop, click here.

Southwest School of Art—Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall

1201 Navarro St.
San Antonio, 78205

Summer Writing Program 2014

During Naropa University's Summer Writing Program, I was thrilled to teach a course on traditional and innovative approaches to the global personal-political narrative during Week 3: Roots & Lineages. It was intense and covered lots of ground in daily discussions and freewrites; students also participated in Skype Q&As with esteemed author Naomi Benaron (author of Bellwether Prize-winning novel Running the Rift) and international poet/artist Natasha Marin, whose Red Lineage project inspired them to make their own sound and class collaboration. Watch the result here.

Faculty Reading: June 17, 7:00PM. With Jen Hofer, Hoa Nguyen, Jack Collom, Lewis Warsh.