Faculty & Staff
Courses Taught: Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Fiction, Creative Writers Workshop I and II, Written Communication I & II, Senior Seminar
Education: M.F.A., Creative Writing, Antioch University (2010); M.A., English, Loyola Marymount University (1997); B.A., English, Loyola Marymount University (1995)
Research and Scholarship Interests: Mixed Blood Narratives, Personal Narrative, Hybridity, Poetry, Fiction, Native American, Women’s and African American Literature.
Ms. Buchanan’s article, “Ethnicity” was published in the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2013). Keynote speaker for the 2015 Meek Literary Legacy Series for the University of Tennessee at Martin, Ms. Buchanan was a nominee of the 2013 Black Caucus Literary Awards and the 2013 Virginia Literary Awards. Judge for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards Poetry contest and the North Carolina Arts Council, she is author of the poetry collection, Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and editor of Voices from Leimert Park. Chair of the Creative Writing Program, she is an Advisory Board member of the Poetry Society of Virginia, as well as the Hampton Roads Writers, she is a recipient of the Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship, a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants. She is a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow. She has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle and The International Review of African American Art. Shonda has published in various anthologies including Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets,Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair, Strange Cargo: An Emerging Voices Anthology, Step into a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Literature, and Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Shonda won the 2010 Poem of the Year award from LongStoryShort. Ms. Buchanan is currently working on a book of poetry about Nina Simone, a poetry textbook for college students, and a book about Free People of Color.