Poet, Writer, Editor
Vernita Hall is the author of Where William Walked: Poems About Philadelphia
and Its People of Color (Willow Books, 2019), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry and of the Robert Creeley Prize from Marsh Hawk Press; and
The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians (Moonstone Press, 2017), winner of the Moonstone Chapbook Contest. She finished second in American Literary Review's Creative Nonfiction Contest, and was second runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Nonfiction Award. She has received a general scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, sponsored by Indolent Books, and a fellowship from the Ucross Foundation.
Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including African American Review, American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Mezzo Cammin, and Philadelphia Stories; and anthologies Forgotten Women (Grayson Books), Not Our President (Third World Press), Dear America: Reflections on Race (Geeky Press), Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry (Lamar University Press), Collateral Damage (Pirene's Fountain), Shame: An Anthology (The Good Men Project), and Black from the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing (BLF Press).
A graduate of LaSalle University and lifelong Philadelphian, Hall holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College and serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories.