About Athena Dixon

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, which she launched in 2012. Athena's work has appeared in various publications both online and in print. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best of the Net nominee, a Callaloo fellow, a V.O.N.A. fellow, and a Tin House Workshop attendee. Athena is a member of the Moving Forewards Memoir Writers Collective. She is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook , originally published by Argus House Press. Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Vol. 2

NBN Episodes hosted by Athena:

Nicole Danielle, "Broken Ballads: A Poetry Collection" (2019)

June 8, 2021

Broken Ballads

Nicole Danielle
Hosted by Athena Dixon

For as often as it may seem to be the case, life doesn’t exist in extremes. Whatever pain, love, desire, or hurt, moving through life is a balancing a…

Shakira Croce, "Leave It Raw" (Finishing Line Press, 2020)

October 20, 2020

Leave It Raw

Shakira Croce
Hosted by Athena Dixon

Like a storm waiting to break over a plain, Shakira Croce pulls at tensions and heartstrings in a debut collection filled with longing, wit, and intel…

Kelly Harris-DeBerry, "Freedom Knows My Name" (Xavier Review Press, 2020)

October 5, 2020

Freedom Knows My Name

Kelly Harris-DeBerry
Hosted by Athena Dixon

In Freedom Knows My Name (Xavier Review Press, 2020), Kelly Harris-DeBerry creates the world anew from scraps of memories and rhythm. She bounces betw…

Sarah M. Sala, "Devil's Lake" (Tolsun Books, 2020)

June 29, 2020

Devil's Lake

Sarah M. Sala
Hosted by Athena Dixon

Devil's Lake (Tolsun Books, 2020), the debut collection by Sarah Sala, is an amalgam of American life. The poems move deftly within a world that is eq…

Kathryn H. Ross, "Black Was Not a Label" (Pronto, 2019)

May 28, 2020

Black Was Not a Label

Kathryn H. Ross
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Kathryn H. Ross has found a balance. Between past and present. Between self and ancestors. Between self-discovery and continuous growth. In her hybrid…

Sarah Adleman, "The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes" (Tolsun, 2019)

April 23, 2020

The Lampblack Blue of Memory

Sarah Adleman
Hosted by Athena Dixon

The Houston Chronicle’s review of Sarah Adleman’s The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes (Tolsun 2019) praises that the book “dissects the fee…

Eliza Griswold, "If Men, Then" (FSG, 2020)

March 2, 2020

If Men, Then

Eliza Griswold
Hosted by Athena Dixon

Eliza Griswold writes in Snow in Rome, "we hate being human,/depleted by absence." In her latest poetry collection, If Men, Then (Farrar, Straus and G…

Becca Klaver, "Ready for the World" (Black Lawrence Press, 2020)

January 16, 2020

Ready for the World

Becca Klaver
Hosted by Athena Dixon

Becca Klaver writes in the poem 'Hooliganism Was the Charge,' It offered reassurance which said, “You are not alone; I can hear you.” Her forthcoming …

Tamara J. Madison, "Threed, This Road Not Damascus" (Trio House, 2019)

November 5, 2019

Threed, This Road Not Damascus

Tamara J. Madison
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Tamara J. Madison, both on the page and in voice, is magical. In her most recent collection, Threed, This Road Not Damascus (Trio House, 2019), she se…

Frances Donovan, "Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore" (Reaching Press, 2018)

April 24, 2019

Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore

Frances Donovan
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Grey Held writes of Frances Donovan's book, Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore (Reaching Press 2018 ), "there is hunting for love, there is basking in lov…

Megan Burns, "Basic Programming" (Lavender Ink, 2018)

February 21, 2019

Basic Programming

Megan Burns
Hosted by Athena Dixon

Basic Programming (Lavender Ink, 2018), the latest collection by Megan Burns, is an exercise in balance. Between grief and healing. Between humanness …

Vernon Keeve III, "Southern Migrant Mixtape" (Nomadic Press, 2018)

November 15, 2018

Southern Migrant Mixtape

Vernon Keeve III
Hosted by Athena Dixon

In this episode, we speak with Vernon Keeve III about his book Southern Migrant Mixtape (Nomadic Press, 2018), a collection published by Nomadic Press…