Poetry. African American Studies. BLACK PECULIAR sketches out power dynamics and faulty assumptions in terms of race and history, media and culture, and sex and gender in highly original lines of verse. An extraordinary mixture of wit and profundity, the three long works in the collection weave the personal and the political in both ruthless and tender ways. A fiction, a chorus, a leap into chaos, an unflinching love letter and a fierce indictment—BLACK PECULIAR collages observation and lived experience through a many-voiced "I" as flawed and complex and unusual as the mind of the artist in the world.
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Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic Books, 2008); BLACK PECULIAR, winner of the 2010 Noemi Press book award and published in 2011; FEARFUL BELOVED (Argos Books, 2015); and NON-SEQUITUR (Litmus Press, 2015). Her chapbooks are Exercises in Painting (Bloof Books, 2016), I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (Sibling Rivalry, 2013), No Isla Encanta (2007) and bloodroot (2015), both from dancing girl press. She won the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing and has held residency fellowships from Cave Canem, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown. Since 2008, she has curated the annual reading series Courting Risk, which focuses particularly on women and LGBTIQ writers working in multiple genres. She currently works as an editor for a finance company and serves as board chair for the feminist publisher Kore Press. Author City: USA