The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “I’m So Fine” by Khadijah Queen

I was nine or ten when I met Minister Louis Farrakhan at Mosque No. 27 on Crenshaw


This selection comes from I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, available from YesYes Books. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat / Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), which won the Noemi book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books; Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015), a hybrid collection framed by a letter to fear written during artist Ann Hamilton’s Park Avenue Armory installation the event of a thread; and the narrative collection I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Individual works appear in FenceTin HouseGulf CoastThe OffingjubilatTupelo QuarterlyPoor ClaudiaBest American Nonrequired ReadingThe Volta Book of PoetsFire & Ink: A Social Action AnthologyThe Force of What’s Possible and widely in other journals and anthologies. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low-residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. She is also raising a teenager.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

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