Khadijah Queen
Assistant Professor

Office: Denison 129

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Earlier poetry collections include Conduit (Akashic / Black Goat 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) 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 December 10 - 20, 2015 by Fiona Templeton's The Relationship theater company. Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, The Volta Book of Poets, DIAGRAM, Tupelo Quarterly, Best American Nonrequired Reading LitHub, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. Reviews of her work can be found in The New Yorker, Rain TaxiBOMB Magazine, SCOUT, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Review, Open Letters Monthly, The Volta, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and other publications. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the new Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University, and is raising a teenager.

Areas of Specialty

  • American Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature/Poetry
  • Creative Writing/Nonfiction
  • Ethnic America Literature, Literature of the Americas, Post Colonial Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Poetics Aesthetics


  • Finalist, 2015 National Poetry Series for I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
  • Winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers
  • Winner of the Noemi book award for poetry 2010 (Black Peculiar, also a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books)
  • Cave Canem fellowships in 2007, 2008 and 2011