Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books of innovative poetry and hybrid prose, most recently Anodyne (Tin House 2020), winner of the William Carlos Williams award from the Poetry Society of America. Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women's Performance Writing, which included a full staged production at Theaterlab NYC in 2015. Individual poems and prose appear in American Poetry Review, Fence, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Poetry Review (UK) and widely elsewhere. A zuihitsu about the pandemic, “False Dawn,” appeared in Harper’s Magazine in 2020. In 2022, she was awarded a $50,000 Disability Futures grant from United States Artists, and a residency fellowship to Civitella Ranieri in Italy in 2023. A Cave Canem alum, she holds a PhD in English and Literary Arts from University of Denver. Radical Poetics, a book of literary theory and criticism, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.


What is the name of the violence they have learned?
What kind of love have they learned?
Why is it so terrifying when we love ourselves?

Two Poems by Khadijah Queen

From “I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On”; “Theory: Evidence of uncertain shifts”