Cyrus Cassells | Summer 2021 | Vol.5 Iss. 1

Cyrus Cassells is a lauded poet, translator and cultural critic. His poetry has been recognized with honors including a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Poetry Series Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Lannan Literary Award, two NEA grants, a Pushcart Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award. His collection The Gospel according to Wild Indigo (2018), was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, and his 1994 collection Soul Make A Path Through Shouting, was nominated for the Pulitzer… READ MORE

Jaki Shelton Green | Spring 2021 | Vol 4. Iss. 4

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Her highly lauded work has earned her multiple recognitions, including the 2020 Shaw University Ella Baker Women Who Lead Award, 2020 St. Andrews University Fortner Award, 2020 Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing...READ MORE

Brenda Marie Osbey | Winter 2021 | Vol 4. Iss. 3

Brenda Marie Osbey is a poet, essayist, librettist and editor who works in English and French. Her seven books include All Souls: Essential Poems (Lousiana State University Press, 2015), History and Other Poems (Time Being Books, 2013) and the limited edition chapbook 1967 (William & Mary, 2018, 2019)… READ MORE

Nikki Giovanni | Fall 2020 | Vol 4 Iss. 2

Nikki Giovanni is a cultural and literary legend. She has received numerous awards for her work, including seven NAACP Image awards for poetry, the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry, The Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award … READ MORE

jessica Care moore | Summer 2020 | Vol 4 Iss. 1

jessica Care moore burst onto the poetry scene with a bang, winning the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” 5 times in a row with her poem “Black Statue of Liberty.” Since then, moore has gone on to… READ MORE

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Matthew Shenoda | Winter/Spring 2020 | Vol. 3, Iss. 3

Award-winning poet Matthew Shenoda wears several hats. He is a professor and university administrator currently serving as Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion, as well as Professor of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) … READ MORE

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Dominique Christina | Fall 2019 | Vol. 3, Iss. 2
When Dominique Christina stepped onto the poetry stage it was clear she was a force to be reckoned with. In her three years of performance she earned five national poetry slam titles … READ MORE

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Nate Marshall | Summer 2019 | Vol. 3, Iss. 1
From his leading role in the much-acclaimed documentary Louder Than A Bomb, which chronicles the journey of four teams as they prepare to compete in a national poetry contest, to his work today  … READ MORE

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Tyehimba Jess | Spring 2019 | Vol. 2, Iss. 4 
… author of two award-winning collections of poetry: Leadbelly (Wave Books, 2005), which was a National Poetry Series award winner, and Olio (Wave Books, 2017), which won … READ MORE


Marilyn Nelson | Winter 2019 | Vol. 2, Iss. 3
… author of more than 20 books — edited, translated, and written — Marilyn Nelson is, without question, a literary luminary. Her award-winning work speaks to a range of audiences … READ MORE


Kwame Dawes | Fall 2018 | Vol. 2, Iss. 2
… author and editor of more than 45 books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Dawes is without doubt one of the most prolific writers of our time. He was born in Ghana, raised in Jamaica … READ MORE


Anastacia-Reneé | Summer 2018 | Vol. 2, Iss. 1
… current Civic Poet of Seattle, recipient of the 2017 Artist of the Year, and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House. Anastacia-Reneé is the author of two full-length collections  … READ MORE


Yusef Komunyakaa | Spring 2018 | Vol. 1, Iss. 4
… Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana in 1947, Yusef Komunyakaa is a son of the South. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, an experience that infused  his creative career. Since writing his first poem … READ MORE


Patricia Smith | Winter 2018 | Vol. 1, Iss. 3
… the prolific and powerful Patricia Smith, winner of a 2018 NAACP Image Award for her most recent collection, Incendiary Art. Author of ten books including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah … READ MORE


Danez Smith | Fall 2017 | Vol. 1, Iss. 2
… poet and National Book Award Finalist Danez Smith. Smith is the author of the Lambda Award-winning [insert] Boy (YesYes Books, 2014), the chapbook Black Movie  … READ MORE


Gregory Pardlo | Summer 2017 | Vol. 1, Iss. 1
In this first issue of the new series, The Fight & The Fiddle presents Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, whose wit, lyric intensity, fierce intelligence and sense of play all come to bear …  READ MORE

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The Fight & The Fiddle was originally conceived as an online literary magazine by Elizabeth Hoover, the Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center from 2014 to 2016. Under her direction, the publication featured interviews with Reginald Dwayne Betts, Ross Gay, Yona Harvey, Dawn Lundy Martin, Nadine Pinede, and Karenne Wood. It included a special series on Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez as architects of the Black Arts Movement. To see these early entries, visit