LaTanya McQueen is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (2022 Fellowship in Prose) and the Elizabeth George Foundation (2019 grant recipient). She is the author of two books—the essay collection And It Begins Like This (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) and the novel When the Reckoning Comes (Harper Perennial, 2021), a Goodreads Choice nominee and Bram Stoker Award nominee.
Her stories and essays have been published in West BranchTriQuarterly, PleiadesNew Ohio ReviewThe Arkansas InternationalThe Florida ReviewBennington ReviewPassages NorthBlack Warrior ReviewFourteen HillsThe North American Review, Ninth LetterNew Orleans ReviewIndiana Review, and other journals, as well as having won the Disquiet Prize (for nonfiction), the Walker Percy Prize (for fiction), and the Best of the Net (for nonfiction).
She received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, and currently is an Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing and African American Studies at Coe College. She is also the CNF Editor for Gigantic Sequins, the Associate Editor for Story Magazine, and is on the board for Iowa City’s UNESCO City of Literature. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her dog, Ollie, a Labradoodle who is in love with everyone.
She is represented by Monika Woods at Triangle House Literary.