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1967. William & Mary 2018.


All Souls: Essential Poems. LSU Press 2015.


History and Other Poems. Time Being Books 2013.


All Saints: New and Selected Poems. Louisiana State University Press 1997.


Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman. Story Line Press 1991.


In These Houses. Wesleyan University Press 1988.


Ceremony for Minneconjoux. University Press of Virginia 1985,

Callaloo Poetry Series 1983.


Edited Works:

Fallen at Charleston, Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey,” featuring Martín Espada, Terrance Hayes, Shauna M. Morgan, Safiya Sinclair, Frank X Walker, Afaa Michael Weaver. Illuminations: an International Magazine of Contemporary Writing. October 2015 – Present.


Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems, Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey, Lincoln, Nebraska: African Poetry Book Series, February 2016.












"Léon-Gontran Damas and Guy Tirolien, Translated from the French by Brenda Marie Osbey" [with Translator's Notes], Black Renaissance Noire, Fall 2018 (volume 18, issue 3).

"Poems by Myriam Moscona, Translated by Brenda Marie Osbey." Bridging the Gulf: Poets of Mexico City and New Orleans. Mexico City: Fideicomiso Para la Cultura Mexico/USA. 1999.




“Called by Affliction,” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Spring 2016.


“Untitled, or, the Post-Blackness of Post-Blackness,” Rensaissance Noire, Fall, 2015, vol. 15, no 2, pp. 108–113.


“Tette-à-suc',” Renaissance Noire (Fall 2014) vol. 14, no. 2, p. 97.


“Why We Can’t Talk to You about Voodoo,” Southern Literary Journal, vol. xliii, no. 2, Spring 2011, pp. 1 –11.


Les indigènes sont agités : La Nouvelle-Orléans à la suite de l’orage” reprinted in Mondes Francophones, 15/07/2009

“Writing Home” in Southern Literary Journal (Spring 2008) vol. xl, no. 2, pp. 19 – 41.


“I Want to Die in New Orleans” and “One More Last Chance: Ritual and the Jazz Funeral” in Louisiana Culture from the Colonial Era to Katrina (Southern Literary Studies) edited by John Lowe. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008, pp. 245–252 and 284–293.


“‘Les Indigènes sont agités’: la Nouvelle-Orléans à la Suite de l’Orage’ (“The Natives Are Restless’: New Orleans in the Wake of the Storm”), an essay commissioned by Plaines Communes District, France and le Consulat Général de la

Nouvelle-Orléans in Planète Ovale. Médiathèques de Plaines Communes, France, Fall 2007.


To Return and Rise Again” in The Nation Online, September 4, 2005.


“I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say” in Creative Nonfiction, Winter 1996, no. 7, pp. 33—48.


“One More Last Chance: Ritual and the Jazz Funeral” in The Georgia Review, Spring 1996, vol. 50, no.1, pp. 97—107.


“I Want to Die in New Orleans” in The American Voice, Fall 1995, no. 38, pp. 103—112.





“Notes from France,” a series on racism in contemporary France published in Gambit Weekly, May – October 2004:


          “On Nations and PR”

          “Lost in Translation”

          “A Different Purchase” 


          “Beyond Invisibility”

          “River City”






“The Making of Early Jazz in New Orleans: 1885 – 1899,” New Orleans Tribune, July 1995 (vol. 11, no. 7), pp. 14 – 15.


“Faubourg Tremé: Community in Transition,” a series on Black New Orleans published in New Orleans Tribune

December 1990 – February 1997:


          “Part I: Early History”

          “Part II: Solidifying the Community”

          “Part III: The Beginning of the End”

          “Part IV: The Fall of Tremé”

          “Part V: A New Era”

          “Part VI: The Making of a Ghetto”

          “Part VII: Losing Ground.”



Original Libretti:


Sultane au Grand Marais. Rites & Reason Theatre, Brown University.

Staged Reading. December 2011.




Viva Kimpa Vita!



Selected Poems and Suites of Poems in Journals and Periodicals:

On Contemplating the Breasts of Pauline Lumumba,” Academy of American Poets, August 2018.

“Litany of Our Lady” reprinted in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Winter 2016, p. 28.


Death by Water Suite” in World Literature Today. September 2016.

Litany of Our Lady,” Poetry Society of America (PSA), Remembering Katrina, Summer 2010.

Qu’on arrive enfin” reprinted in Revue Mondiale des Francophonies. Practiques Poétiques, 9/8/2009.

L’Abécédaire DOM-TOM/ DOM-TOM Primer” reprinted in Mondes Revue Mondiale des Francophonies. Pratiques Poétiques, 10/06/2009.


“Morna,” “Litany of Our Lady” and “Requiem for a Tall Man” in Southern Literary Journal (Spring 2008) vol. xl, no. 2, pp. 11 – 18.


“History” in Atlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives, 2007 vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 5 – 25.

“New Train Suite” in Poet Lore, Fall/ Winter 2007, pp. 100 – 104.


“L’Abécédaire DOM-TOM/ DOM-TOM Primer” (bi-lingual French/English) in Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing, July 2007, vol. 23, pp. 53 – 60.


“Canne à Sucre: A Slave-Song Suite” in The American Poetry Review, May/June 2005, vol. 34, no. 3, p. 37.


“Qu’on arrive enfin (une histoire en cours/ a tale in-progress)” in Renaissance Noire, Fall 2004 (vol. 6, no. 1), pp. 138 – 143.


“St. Martin,” with accompanying author commentary in The Women’s Review of Books, July 1999, vol. xvi, no. 10 – 11, p. 18.


“The Business of Pursuit: San Malo's Prayer” in The American Voice, Winter 1995 (no. 36), pp. 114 – 121.


“The Head of Luís Congo Speaks” and “Everything Happens to (Monk and) Me” in The American Poetry Review, January/February 1995 (vol. 24, no. 1) pp. 8 – 11.

“Mother Catherine” in Southern Review, Autumn 1994 (vol. 30, no. 4), pp. 833 – 836.


“Expeditus” in The American Poetry Review, May/June 1992 (vol. 21, no. 3), pp. 8 – 9.


“Moses Goes Home to Soweto” in The American Voice, Spring 1992 (no. 26), pp. 112 – 114.


“Stones of Soweto (A Mourning Poem)” in The American Voice Winter 1991 (no. 25), pp. 82 – 85.


“Sor Juana” in Indiana Review, Fall 1991 (vol. 14, no. 3), pp. 49 – 56.


“Desire and Private Griefs” and “Evidence of Conjure” in Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters, Summer 1991 (vol. 14, no. 3), pp. 557 – 563.


“Consuela” in Epoch, 1988 Series (vol. 37, no. 2), pp. 117 – 119.


“The Evening News: A Letter to Nina Simone” in The American Voice, Summer 1988 (no. 11), pp. 3 – 11.


“Faubourg Study No. 3: The Seven Sisters of New Orleans” in Callaloo, Summer 1988 (vol. 11, no. 3), pp. 464 – 476.


“Memory” (an excerpt) in Shankpainter, Spring 1988 (no. 28), pp. 69 – 71.


“The House” and “Writing Home” in The Greenfield Review, Winter/Spring 1987 (vol. 16, no. 6), pp. 172 – 177.


“Speaking of Trains” and “Elvena” in The American Poetry Review, November/December 1987 (vol. 16, no. 6), pp. 21–23.


“Another Time and Farther South” and “The Godchild” in Southern Review, Autumn 1987 (vol. 23, no. 4), pp. 804 – 807.

“The Galvez Cut” and “Setting Loose the Icons” in Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American and African Arts and Letters, Winter 1986 (vol. 9, no. 11) pp. 109 – 115.


“Little Eugenia's Lover” in The American Voice, Spring 1986 (no. 2), pp. 110 – 111.


“Geography and Other Poems” [including “How I Became the Blues,” “House of the Dead Remembering (House of

Mercies/Variation 2)” and “House of Bones”] in The American Poetry Review, March/April 1986 (vol. 15, no. 2), pp. 8 – 9.


“In These Houses of Swift Easy Women,” “The Bone-Step Women,” “The Wastrel-Woman Poem” and “Devices of

Icons” in The Southern Review, Summer 1985 (vol. 21, no. 3), pp. 830 – 836.


“Family History” in Essence, May 1985 (vol. 16, no. 1), p. 188.

“Ceremony for Minneconjoux” in Southern Exposure, May/June 1984.


“Ceremony for Minneconjoux,” “Chifalta” and “Eliza” in Callaloo: A Black South Journal of Arts and Letters, February 1983 (vol. 16, no. 1), pp. 12 – 21 and 36 – 39.


“Writing the Words” and “Flying Solo” in Callaloo, February – October 1981 (vol. 4, nos. 1 – 3), pp. 48 – 50 and 109 – 110.


“Mama,” “Sundown Song,” “If Edna Knew Anything About the Blues...,” “The Old Mother” and “Legion” in Callaloo,

February 1979 (vol. 2), pp. 29, 32, 64, 105 and 125 – 126.


“Biography,” “The Conju Woman's Youth,” “Sister and the Shadowman,” “Dance Me,” “Not Guilty” and “999th Suicide

Letter to Ramses" in Callaloo, October 1978 (vol. 1), pp. 7, 17, 45, 46, 50 – 51 and 78.


“Mama Sitting,” “Blues for a Blues Man,” “Lexington,” “Mother,” “Lines,” “In Kentucky,” “The Porch Woman” and

“Tuesdays” in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review, Spring/Summer 1979 (vol. 5, nos. 1 and 2), pp. 70 – 82.



Anthologies and Collections:

What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, edited by Martín Espada. Evanston: Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press, 2019.

The Body Electric: The Best Poetry from the American Poetry Review, 1972 – 1999. eds., The American Poetry Review. New York: Norton, 2000.


Literary New Orleans. ed., Judy Long. Athens: Hill Street Press, 1999.


The Yellow Shoe Poets: Selected Poems 1964 – 1999. ed., George Garrett. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.


Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology. eds., William L. Andrews, Minrose C. Gwin, Trudier Harris, Fred Hobson. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.


Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets. ed., Nicholas Christopher. New York: Anchor/Doubleday, 1989.


Afro-American Writing Today, ed. James A. Olney. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.


2PLUS2: A Collection of International Writing, ed., James Gill. Lausanne, Switzerland: Mylabris Press, 1987.


Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now, ed. Marge Piercy. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul/Pandora Press, 1987.


The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry. ed., Leon Stokesbury. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press, 1987.


Annual Survey of American Poetry 1985. Great Neck, New York: Ross Publishing, inc./Poetry Anthology Press, 1987.


2PLUS2: A Collection of International Writing. ed., James Gill. Lausanne, Switzerland: Mylabris Press, 1986.

Absent Trees and Rope: Poets Respond to Violence against African Americans, Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey,” featuring poems by Duriel E. Harris, Major Jackson, Afaa Michael Weaver, Frank X Walker, E. Ethelbert Miller. War|Scapes. September 2015.

"Poets Introducing Poets: Brenda Marie Osbey Introduces M'Bilia Meekers, "Selected, Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey. Poet Lore. (volume 106, numbers 3, 4) September 2011, pp 111–124.

Editorial Board, University of New Orleans Press/Engaged Writers Series, 2009 – 2011.


Guest Poetry Editor, The Indiana Review (volume 14, number 3), Fall 1991.

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