Ms. Shonda Buchanan

California, United States

Member Since: 05/02/2014

Award-winning author and educator Shonda Buchanan is the former Interim Chair/Assistant Professor of the Department of English & Foreign Languages at Hampton University. Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at William & Mary College, Shonda’s family memoir, Black Indian, will be released by Wayne State University Press September 1, 2019. As a culture and literary arts ambassador and lecturer, Shonda has conducted workshops and presentations for the U.S. Government Accountability Organization, the U.S. Embassy of Kuala Lumpur/U.S. Department of State, the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Hampton Roads Writers Conference, the Poetry Society of Virginia and numerous others. 

Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies including Angles Flight West Magazine, Michigan History Magazine, The Seventh Wave, Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets, Silver Birch Press, Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Geography of Rage: Remember the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and Catch the Fire!!! A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, Rivendale, andLongStoryShort. As Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, Shonda was interviewed by CNN and NPR commentator Angela Rye for the launch of the imprint. Shonda is also an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute fellow, Jentel Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow. She has received a grant from Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, the California Community Foundation, a Mellon Foundation school-wide grant and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants. 

She freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, Michigan History Magazine, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, the Daily Press, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the International Review of African American Art and Indian Country Today. She commentated for Marketplace Radio and was featured on WHRO's HearSay, and National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. Author of two collections of poetry, Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country, 

Currently a Writing Instructor at Loyola Marymount University, Shonda is also the editor of two poetry anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park I and II. An excerpt of her memoir, Black Indian, was published in New York University's Black Noir Renaissance Magazine published by the Institute for African American Affairs. With an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, a Masters and Bachelors in English from Loyola Marymount University, Shonda is currently working on a novel and a collection of poetry about the critically acclaimed singer and concert pianist, Nina Simone. For more information, visit


Twitter Username: @shondabuchanan


  • Black Indian: A Memoir , Wayne State University Press (September 1, 2019)
  • Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country , San Francisco Bay Press (July 15, 2017)
  • Who's Afraid of Black Indians? , Poetica Publishers (February 1, 2012)
  • Voices from Leimert Park Redux , Harriet Tubman Press (August 1, 2017)
  • Voices from Leimert Park , T'sehai Publishers (April 1, 2006)


  • Writing Instructor at Loyola Marymount University (August 2018 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University (May 1997)
  • Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University (December 2003)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University (June 2010)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting, Poetry