Poet, Writer, Editor
Where William Walked:
and Its People
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 and of the Robert Creeley Prize (Marsh Hawk Press); and The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians (Moonstone Press, 2017), winner of the Moonstone Press Chapbook Contest.
Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, African American Review, American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Baltimore Review, Barrow Street, Mezzo Cammin, Potomac Review, Solstice, The Common, and The Cortland Review; 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), Black from the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing (BLF Press), and others.
A lifelong Philadelphian, Hall is a graduate of La Salle University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is also a technical writer and former Information Technology professional. With fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center (sponsored by Indolent Books) and Ucross, she serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories.