Shayla Hawkins

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Shayla Hawkins is a Detroit native, poet, and writer whose works have been in Calabash, The Caribbean Writer, The Taj Mahal Review, and Poets & Writers magazine, among other publications. Ms. Hawkins has been a featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Library of Congress, and received a fellowship to the Fine Arts Works Center. Her first book, Carambola, was published in 2012 by David Robert Books, and National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson cited its poems as “Deliciously sensuous, smart…vivid, and luminous with the life of the spirit.…” Ms. Hawkins has also published poems in several anthologies, including Mona Poetica, an anthology commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa painting; Chopin with Cherries, an anthology celebrating the life and musical genius of Frederic Chopin; Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse; and Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander. Ms. Hawkins currently resides in Michigan, where she is working on her second book.

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