This month’s Woman Warrior is Shonda Buchanan. Award-winning poet, essayist, Education Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, and former Chair of the Department of English & Foreign Languages at Hampton University, Shonda Buchanan is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English. This 2017 (fall) Writer-in-Residence at William & Mary College has published across the genres, and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including from the NEA, Sundance Institute, PEN West, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is the Literary Editor for Harriet Tubman Press, edited the seminal collection of late 20th century African American poetry in Los Angeles, Voices from Leimert Park: A Poetry Anthology and authored Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country (December 2016; San Francisco Bay Press) and Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? (2012; Poetic Publishing)–a deep exploration of the complexities of bi-raciality and the intersection between Blacks and Native Americans. A prolific writer, her memoir, “Touched: Growing Up Black and Indian in Michigan: A Daughter Uncovers a Family’s History” is under submission, and she is at work on two collections of poetry, “The Lost Songs of Nina Simone” and “Evidence of Cotton, Evidence of Smoke”, and finally, an essay collection “Children of the Mixed Blood Trail: The Formation and Migration of Mixed Race Communities, Free People of Color and Black Indian Families, Settlements and Villages from the Southeast to the Midwest.” A current resident of Hampton, Virginia, she admits to being both voyeur and traveler, and hence, a citizen of the world.
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