Prose, prose poetry, paperback, 96 pages, from YesYes Books.
Part 1980s and 1990s nostalgia, part exuberant storytelling, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On turns a sharply humorous magnifying glass onto gendered interactions in daily life, framed primarily by random celebrity encounters in Los Angeles. Far from a narrative of fame-chasing or conceit, however, I'm So Fine breathlessly addresses what it means for a woman to fight for dignity and survival in an often hostile environment, to come into her own power as she decides what she wants for herself "& mostly gets its every fineness."
"I’d give this book to the young women in my life. I’d get this book in middle and high school libraries. Like the title suggests, we women are fine, as in gorgeous, as in valuable, as in fuck you to anyone who says otherwise."
"The book is an investigation of celebrity culture and toxic masculinity that moves at a lyrical sprint, stuffed with characters and movements, with the ampersand often serving as the only available punctuation. We rush along with Queen, experiencing the world as she does, and wanting, like her, to desperately fight our way out of it."
-Hanif Abdurraqib for The New Yorker
Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat / Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), which won the Noemi book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books; Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015), a hybrid collection framed by a letter to fear written during artist Ann Hamilton’s Park Avenue Armory installation the event of a thread; and the narrative collection I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Individual works appear in Fence, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, Tupelo Quarterly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, DIAGRAM, The Volta Book of Poets, LitHub, The Force of What’s Possible and widely elsewhere. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low-residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. She is also raising a teenager.