My novel When the Reckoning Comes was published with Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins. I’m also the author of And It Begins Like This, an essay collection published with Black Lawrence Press (listed by Electric Literature as one of the 46 books by women of color to read in 2018). I’ve recently started work on another book supported through a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

I received my MFA from Emerson College, my PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, and am currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Coe College.

I write both fiction and nonfiction, including: an essay about visiting the Whitney and Oak Alley Plantations in Louisiana that was published in Carve Magazine, a footnotes essay about racism and race relations in Missouri published in Passages North (and was 1st runner up in Sonora Review’s contest), an essay about water and baptism that’s in Bennington Review and was noted in Best American Essays (here’s an interview about the essay), an essay about the difficulties of doing African-American genealogy research published in Fugue, an essay about the history of ingrained racial stereotypes pertaining to African-American women that won the Disquiet Literary Prize and was published in Ninth Letter, and an essay about my brown recluse spider infestation that was published in Grist and also noted in Best American Essays. For fiction, stories include (among others): a woman who swallows a tiny man who begins to wreak havoc inside her body in West Branch, a story about a black woman who gives birth to a white baby forthcoming in The Florida Review, a woman who loses control of her limbs published in Black Warrior Review, a story about a woman who travels to Bujumbura in search of her lover published in Fourteen Hills, a story about a sinkhole growing in a family’s backyard published in New Orleans Review (which won the Walker Percy Prize in Fiction), a story about child abductions in Rio de Janeiro published in Nimrod, a story inspired by the Atlanta child murders published in New South, and a story about a child who dreams of becoming a balloonist for Booth. You can find links to selected pieces under my “publications” if you’re curious.

I’m the Associate Editor for the revived Story Magazine and the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Gigantic Sequins. Send them something.

I’m on the Board for Iowa City’s Unesco City of Literature.

I’m also on Twitter, but I mostly tweet about my dog.

If you need to contact me you can send a note to: LaTanya.McQueen [@] gmail [dot] com.

To request an appearance, please contact Christie Hinrichs at, or you can call (541) 797-2217.

Last, but not least, I’m represented by Monika Woods at Triangle House Literary.