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Encore: Transmutations and other freedoms: Khadijah Queen’s ‘Anodyne’

Khadijah Queen
Khadijah Queen

In this encore broadcast, Lauren chats with Colorado-based poet and scholar Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne (Tin House Books). Their conversation covers a lot: imagining change, our dying planet, “confessional” poetry, the ethics of care—plus much, much more!

About Khadijah: Khadijah Queen, PhD, is the author of six books, including I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (2017).

She has been praised in O Magazine, The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, Los Angeles Review and elsewhere as “quietly devastating” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out." An essay about the pandemic, “False Dawn,” appears in Harper’s Magazine. Her latest book, Anodyne, was published in August 2020 by Tin House.

She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

Khadijah Queen recommends:

Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai'a Williams (PM Press)

Lauren Korn recommends:

Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press) and I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books) by Khadijah Queen  

Ugly Feelings by Sianne Ngai (Harvard University Press)

The Write Question team is Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; Peter Hoag, co-producer and editor; and Tom Berich, sound engineer.

The Write Question logo and brand (2022) was designed by Molly Russell. You can see more of her work at iamthemollruss.com and on Instagram @iamthemollruss. Our music was written and recorded by John Floridis.

Funding for The Write Question comes from Humanities Montana; members of Montana Public Radio; and from the Greater Montana Foundation—encouraging communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans.

The Write Question is a production of Montana Public Radio.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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