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Florie Gale Arons Poetry Forum

About the Arons Poetry Program

Since 1999, the annual Florie Gale Arons Poetry Program has brought a distinguished woman-identified poet to campus for a poetry reading and workshop. The program was established by the daughters of Florie Gale Arons (NC '50) in 1999 in honor of their mother's 70th birthday, and family and friends assure that it continues today in her memory. Mrs. Arons' posthumously published collection of poetry, Unspoken Words, is available at the Newcomb College Institute, the Tulane Bookstore, and independent bookstores.

2021-2022 Arons Visiting Poet: Khadijah Queen 

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2021 Florie Gale Arons Poet

An Evening with Khadijah Queen

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00pm

Diboll Gallery, The Commons

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Anodyne (Tin House Books 2020); a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; and I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Earlier poetry collections include Conduit (Akashic / Black Goat 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women's Performance Writing. Individual poems and prose appear in Poetry, Fence, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, LitHub, New Delta Review, The Force of What's Possible and elsewhere.

Queen received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University.

Past Florie Gale Arons Poets

  • Layli Long Soldier
  • Morgan Parker
  • Anne Boyer
  • Laura Mullen
  • Jennifer Grotz
  • Julia Spicher Kasdorf
  • Tracy K. Smith
  • Mary Jo Bang
  • Sharon Olds
  • Marie Howe
  • Brenda Hillman
  • C.D. Wright
  • Nicole Cooley
  • Kimiko Hahn
  • Alice Notley
  • Toi Derricotte
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Colette Inez
  • Carole Simmons Oles
  • Maxine Kumin
  • Kate Daniels