LaToya Watkins was born in Texas. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, The Sun, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, West Branch, Ruminate Magazine, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a Kimibilo Fiction fellow and has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Hedgebrook. She received a PhD in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is co-director of the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. LaToya lives and writes in Dallas.

Photo credit: Chanel Mitchell

Photo credit: Chanel Mitchell

“My muse has always been my grandmother, who I viewed as violent and frightening. She influenced my writing for so long that I thought without her in the world I would no longer be a writer. She passed away a few years ago and, still, she inspires me. If I have a muse, it is her.”

Latoya s. watkins for awst press