The Poet and the Poem
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Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK, 2015). She is also the editor of (and contributor in) the poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy, and Sexuality (Mason Jar Press, 2017). Her chapbook, American Herstory (Backbone Press, 2019), contains poems about Michelle Obama and the art she chose for the White House walls. American Herstory was Backbone Press’s first runner-up prize winner. Her journalism has appeared in Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee; her poems have been published in on-line and print publications such as The Rumpus, Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Baltimore Magazine, Bayou Magazine and others. In the fall of 2017, she received a Rubys Literary Arts Grant for her, Grey Matter, her poetry manuscript-in-progress. Doaks received her M.F.A. from North Carolina State University and is the 2017-2020 Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University of Delaware.