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Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, 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.
Chosen as the Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence at William & Mary College, Shonda’s poems 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, WhatFreshWitchIsThis?, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, 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, and LongStoryShort.
An Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute fellow, Jentel Artist Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow, Shonda has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, Michigan History Magazine, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle and Indian Country Today. Her memoir, Black Indian, is under consideration at a University press.
Shonda is working on a novel, two additional collections of poetry, The Lost Songs of Nina Simone and Evidence of Cotton, Evidence of Smoke, and a collection of essays, 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. Shonda’s book, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country, is forthcoming in July 2017, published by San Francisco Bay Press. Shonda’s first collection of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, published in 2012, explores the complexities of bi-raciality, and the intersection between Blacks and Native Americans. Shonda is also adapting a short story into a short film at the 2018 Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) held in St. Lucia. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Shonda is a bi-coastal Virginia and California writer, yet as a personality for TravelJunky.club, a voyeur and earth lover, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Follow Shonda on Instagram, @shondabuchanan or visit shondabuchanan.com.