// BIO

I am an L.A.-based poet, performer, librettist and teacher. My writing has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. I’ve been a featured performer across the country and on the radio. My libretto work has earned collaborations with a number of great artists in experimental and traditional theater and opera. One such collaboration, a sci-fi concert theater piece called Sucktion earned composer Anne LeBaron and me a MAP Fund grant.

I’m a Cave Canem graduate and received an MFA from CalArts where I currently teach African American Studies.

My first full-length collection, Fear, Some (Red Hen Press) is available. My second full-length collection of poems, The Black Automaton, is Catherine Wagner’s National Poetry Series selection and will be published by Fence Books in fall, 2009. I was honored to receive a Whiting Writers Award in 2008.

The link below will take you to a downloadable pdf version of my CV. I’ll update it every month or so.


Dialogue between Amaud Jamaul Johnson + Me (text only)
Podcast of Interview on Jan Beatty’s Prosody Radio Show
Podcast of Interview on LA Lit

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