makalani bandele

Louisville, KY

Affrilachian Poet

Cave Canem Fellow

Writing Associate for Spalding University- BFA

Ernst Sandeen Poetry Award winner

Literary LEO First Prize in Poetry

2012 & 2013 Pushcart nominee

Brief List of Publications: Sou'wester, African-American Review, Barely South Review, The New Sound, and Louisville Review. Hellfightin', is his first full length book published by Willow Books in 2011.

Work samples:

self-portrait from Toe Good Poetry

la fete from African-American Review

the bridge and amanuensis from Platte Valley Review

souls of black folks boogie woogie from Hellfightin' (also published in Sou'wester)

three faces of elvin jones solo from Hellfightin' (also published in Sou'wester)


Reading at the 2011 Cave Canem Retreat

"Modulation"- a Hellfightin' promo by Bianca Spriggs

  • Education
    • University of Notre Dame