Qiana Cutts

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Qiana is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.


Qiana M. Cutts is a queer Black feminist educator and poet. She’s has been an educator for 19 years and has taught English and poetry to students in K-16. Qiana currently is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University where she teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, research, and teacher education. She also facilitates “True Maroon Voices”, a course on written and slam poetry, to freshman students.

Qiana published her debut poetry collection, In Somebody Else’s Blood, in 2017 and describes the collection as a self-care text that asserts love as a shaping, binding and freeing practice. Explorations of love are staples in her poetry, but she also focuses on her experiences as an eclectic girl raised in the South and examines identity, race,  sexuality, and social issues. Qiana’s been a judge for Poetry Out Loud and has read and performed the Decatur Book Festival, Scene Missing, Song Missing, Bleux Stockings Society, and QueerLit.