Shonda Buchanan

Shonda Buchanan is the fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence for William & Mary College and education specialist for the US Department of State. She is working on a collection of essays about the first migration of Free People of Color from the Southeast to the Midwest. Shonda’s book, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country was published by San Francisco Bay Press in July 2017 and her second poetry anthology, Voices from Leimert Park Redux was released in October 2017 by Harriet Tubman Press. Her memoir, Black Indian, was released by Wayne State University Press in winter 2018. At work on her third collection of poetry about Nina Simone, Shonda’s second book of poetry, Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?, was nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards. Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, Shonda has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Michigan History Magazine, and Indian Country Today.   Shonda poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies including The Seventh Wave, Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets, Silver Birch Press, Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair, Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Geography of Rage: Remember the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and Catch the Fire!!! A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, Rivendale, WhatFreshWitchIsThis?, and LongStoryShort. Shonda is an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow, a Jentel Artist Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @shondabuchanan, @traveljunkie.


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