Justin Phillip Reed

justin phillip reed

 
 Photo by Nicholas A. C. Nichols. 

Photo by Nicholas A. C. Nichols. 

 
 

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who it is

Justin Phillip Reed is an American writer living in St. Louis. He is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018) and of the chapbook A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books, 2016). His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. A three-time high school expellee and an ex-college dropout, he received his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Junior Writer-in-Residence. The inaugural St. Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence, he has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Reed was born and raised in South Carolina.

 Photo by Nicholas A. C. Nichols.

Photo by Nicholas A. C. Nichols.

 
 
 
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what it do

 
 

Collections

Indecency
Coffee House Press, May 2018
Order

Reviews

"Reed’s visceral and teasingly cerebral debut probes black identity, sexuality, and violence and is inseparably personal and political. He displays a searing sense of injustice about dehumanizing systems, and his speakers evoke the quotidian with formidable eloquence."
— Publishers Weekly

"Reed’s corporate entity, then, is an infernal creation—embodied but having no particular body, and therefore no locus of humanity, since whatever else we are, we are our bodies first and finally." 
Justin Taylor, for Assignment Mag

   A History of Flamboyance   YesYes Books, 2016

A History of Flamboyance
YesYes Books, 2016

"If these poems are confessions, then Reed's many formal interventions mean to break up, down or apart, reveal and revise, perhaps, the performance of those confessions, an effort to expose their inner makings, motives, our histories, these 'constructed rituals' of shame and desire. I'd say this fits a mind that seems at turns insatiable, wanting more of our world and of the poem; at other times more reserved, wanting less; but at all times is a mind nevertheless committed to the poem's queerest possibility, evoking its many traditions just as it disrupts or rewrites them. So these poems teach me. Justin Phillip Reed is a productive new voice in contemporary poetry, 'rose up like a hard new fact,' and one that feels in every way as irrefutable."
— Rickey Laurentiis, author of Boy With Thorn

Reviews

"Satisfying and revelatory confessional marked by an aching fury to revise the exclusionary narratives of creation."
Neyat Yohannes, for Vagabond City Lit

"His gods are the idea of god translated onto men and memories he loves or beds or worships or all of the above."
Kimberly Ann Southwick, for Ploughshares Blog

"Justin Phillip Reed is a voice worth hearing, the world a bigger and better place because of it."

Ryan Werner, for Tinderbox Poetry Journal

 

Essay

Catapult "Melancholia, Death Motion, and the Makings of Marilyn Manson"

Black Warrior Review "Villainy"

The Rumpus "The Double Agency of Will Smith in Sci-Fi"

Catapult "Killing Like They Do in the Movies"
selected by Jonathan Franzen
for
Best American Essays 2016

 
 
 
 photo by francine j. harris

photo by francine j. harris

 
 
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Where it finna be

 

IndecenT THreat Joint Launch
w/ Aaron Coleman

Sat May 12 | 3-6pm | 2720 Cherokee | St. Louis

 

IndeceNYC
w/ Angel Nafis
& Jayson p. Smith

Tue May 15 | Greenlight Books | Brooklyn

 

Poetry Society of South Carolina

Fri Sep 14 | Charleston Library Society 

 

St. Paul de Vence
James Baldwin Fellowship

Oct | Vence (FR) 

 

River Styx Poetry Series

Mon Nov 19 | Rooster | St. Louis


 
 
 
 
 
 
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where it been

 

Conversation Literary Festival, Southern U.S.

Comprising 16 poets of color, this weeklong fellowship program featured readings, workshops, and craft talks hosted in Oxford, MS, Tuscaloosa, AL, and New Orleans, LA. 

 

 

PARIS IS STILL BURNING, miami 

In conjunction with the 2015 Miami Book Festival, this event was coordinated by Neil de la Flor and JV Portela of Reading Queer, held at the Olympia Theater and featured the poets Dawn Lundy Martin, David Tomas Martinez, Justin Phillip Reed, and Danez Smith.

 

 

Paris is still burning, minneapolis

This AWP 2015 off-site event was curated by Patricia Smith, held in OOTN, and featured the queer poets of color Jericho Brown, Eduardo C. Corral, Saeed Jones, Rickey Laurentiis, Justin Phillip Reed, Charif Shanahan, Danez Smith, Jayson P. Smith, Phillip B. Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson.  The following readings were recorded by Erin Schwartz.


 
 
 

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book it

 
 
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