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Tennessee Reed began writing as a young child. Her most recent poetry collection, Calafia Burning: New and Selected Poems 1987-2019, is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2020. Her first poetry collection is Circus in the Sky (I. Reed Books, 1988), her second poetry collection is Electric Chocolate (Raven's Bones Press, 1990), her third collection is Airborne (Raven's Bones Press, 1996), and her fourth and fifth poetry collections are in City Beautiful, Poems 1998-2006, (Ishmael Reed Publishing Company, 2006). World Parade Books published her sixth collection, New and Selected Poems 1982-2011, (now out of print) in 2011. Her poetry has also appeared in various newspapers and journals including Konch, Black Renaissance Noire, Berkeleyside, San Francisco Chronicle, CounterPunch, and Poetry USA, and the anthologies From Totems to Hip Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002, edited by Ishmael Reed (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003),  Una Bussola per l'infosfera, edited by Nicola Paladin and Giorgio Rimondi. (Milan: Agenzia X, 2017) and American Multiculturalism in Interdisciplinary and International Contexts edited by Sämi Ludwig (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017).  She is also the author of a novel, Adventures Among the X Challenged, published by Ishmael Reed Publishing in 2013. Her memoir, Spell Albuquerque: Memoir of a "Difficult" Student, was co-published by CounterPunch Press and AK Press in 2009. She has presented readings of her work internationally and throughout the United States. Tennessee Reed is the managing editor of "Konch Magazine" and the chairperson of PEN Oakland, a service organization for writers and publishers.