Athena Dixon

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder and Editor-in-Chief 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 (2016, 2017), a Best of the Net nominee (2017), a Callaloo fellow (Oxford 2017), and a V.O.N.A. fellow (2018).  Additionally, she has presented at AWP (Boston 2013) and HippoCamp (2016, 2017, 2018). She is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook , published by Argus House Press. Her work also appears in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). She writes, edits, and resides in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in So To Speak Literary Journal, Narratively, Great Lakes Review, The Grief Diaries, Compose Journal, and elsewhere. 


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No God In This Room 
Argus House Press, 2018

Athena Dixon’s ‘No God In This Room’ is a taut and compelling collection that reads like a bit of gossamer thread being wound around a finger too tight, or a dreamcatcher revolving slowly above an unmade bed, or a bamboo wind-chime suspended on the porch in autumn sending low notes along the wind. Poems such as, “Boxes of Andromeda” and “Macerating the Berries” make a kind of curio cabinet of the details of the everyday. They are a little sweet and a little sad, and by “Starlings,” the reader becomes a willing captive as she lifts each remnant up to the light. The ghosts in the poems that follow will have you holding your ribs as you read, but it will be too late. Dixon’s got a keenly tuned ear and eye for liminal spaces—the gaps, the cracks, and the chinks—even in her reader, and it is in those places she buries the absence of the everyday—what we don’t notice has departed until it’s much too late. But then again, it’s not like she hasn’t warned us: “here lies a wild woman/broken in and worn.” -Bianca Spriggs

The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic 
Haymarket Books, 2018

Black Girl Magic continues and deepens the work of the first BreakBeat Poets anthology by focusing on some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This anthology breaks up the myth of hip-hop as a boys’ club, and asserts the truth that the cypher is a feminine form.