D. Watkins is an award-winning writer, educator, and speaker

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon; his work has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Rolling Stone and other publications. He is also a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including BME Fellowship. He has lectured at countless universities and public events around the country. Watkins has been featured as a guest and commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s The Erin Burnett Show, MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Democracy Now, and NPR’s Monday Morning among other shows. Watkins grew up in and will never leave east Baltimore, his debut collection of essays The Beast Side is available now. His memoir The Cook-Up will be released by Grand Central in May 2016. (Click below to order both books!)

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