Shayla Lawson


Poetry & Hybrid Forms
I Think I'm Ready To See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018)
PANTONE (Miel Books, 2013)
A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press, 2013)



Other Work / Affiliations
Affrilachian Poets





De-Canon Reading List


Yoko Tawada. Where Europe Begins
Wong May. Picasso’s Tears
Ai. Vice
Pablo Neruda. Selected Odes
Banana Yoshimoto. Kitchen
Jericho Brown. Please
Banhu Kapil Rider. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers
Lee Ann Roripaugh. Beyond Heart Mountain
Ishmael Reed. Yellow Black Radio Broke-Down
Zadie Smith. Changing My Mind
Alex Haley. Roots
Rita Dove. Thomas and Beulah
Nayirrah Waheed. Salt
Tyehimba Jess. Olio
Nikki Giovanni. My House
Alice Walker. You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down
Fred Moten. In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition
June Jordan. Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood
Li-Young Lee. The City in Which I Love You
Ethelbert Miller. Where are the Love Poems for Dictators?
Audre Lorde. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Laurie Ann Guerrero. A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying
Toni Morisson. Sula
Shane McCrae. Mule
Marjane Satrapi. Persepolis
Douglas Kearney. The Black Automaton
Ross Gay. A Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

These are the books by writers of color that have been the most influential in my forging my own path: deeply human, a strong sense of narrative, brave takes on the expansiveness of form.

[--list submitted January 2017--]


Genre(s): Poetry / Image-Text / Hybrid Forms / Music

Location: Portland, Oregon


Shayla Lawson is the author of A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press, 2013), the chapbook PANTONE (Miel Books, 2016), and the forthcoming I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She has written for Salon, Guernica, & ESPN and is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow.