MAKALANI BANDELE
April 2014

Louisville, KY – “I grew up “a fly in the milk’ in the suburbs of Louisville, KY. I narrowly escaped from the parochial school system there. In fact, I attended Catholic school from elementary through college. It is a long and complicated story, but after college I ended up in North Carolina, went to Divinity school, and became an ordained Baptist minister, eventually pastoring two churches in North Carolina before becoming a writer, musician, and freelance instructor of Literature and Creative Writing. I am a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of writers of color founded by Frank X Walker that live or have their roots in the region of Appalachia. I have been the recipient of an Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, a Literary LEO 1st Prize in Poetry, and a fellowship from Cave Canem Foundation. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2012 and 2013. My poems can be read in a wide variety of literary magazines and journals, both in print and online. Just to name a few: Prime Number Magazine, Barely South Review, The New Sound, African-American Review, Louisville Review, Black Arts Quarterly, Platte Valley Review, and Sou’wester. Hellfightin’, published by Willow Books, is my first full-length volume of poetry.”

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