Rashid Darden is an award-winning novelist of the urban LGBT experience, a seasoned leader of black fraternal movements, and a professional educator in alternative schools. He is local to the District of Columbia and Conway, North Carolina.
His books include the Potomac University Series: Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany; Yours in the Bond (Men of Beta, Volume I); the Dark Nation Series: Birth of a Dark Nation and Children of Fury; the anthology Time; and The Life and Death of Savion Cortez, a volume of poetry. His short story “Smith & Jones: Young Americans” was first published in 47 – 16 : Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie (Volume I). In 2017, Rashid’s play “Message from ‘The Legba’” was selected as a winner of the OutWrite DC and Theatre Prometheus One Page Play Competition. It was staged in 2018. Rashid won the Elite 25 Award in Literature from Clik Magazine in 2006.
Rashid is the National President of Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Apollonians, and the Freemasons. Always a teacher, Rashid has led workshops on practical topics like bylaws and governance, membership recruitment and engagement, and intersectional awareness. Rashid’s efforts in the community have garnered him awards from Greek Tweak, the Thursday Network, and the Georgetown Black Student Alliance.
As an alternative school educator, Rashid has curated varied syllabi for use of educators and students, including the Nat Turner Syllabus, Moonlight Syllabus, David Bowie Syllabus, and the Harriet Tubman Micro-Syllabus. He has taught writing and language arts in traditional and innovative ways, from lectures to project-based learning. Rashid has used restorative practices to proven academic and social-emotional success of his students.
Rashid believes wholeheartedly in living an authentic, intersectional life at all times. He is an out, black gay man who has experienced chaos and order, wealth and poverty, urban bustle, and rural peace. He brings to his novels as well as his own life a sense of thoughtful disruption. Ultimately, he believes in the principles of everyday brotherhood—that is, the parts of ourselves which keep us connected to one another in meaningful ways.
- “New D.C. Middle School to be Renamed for Ida B. Wells” The Washington Informer
- “Arrest in fatal shooting of young graduate, but still few answers” The Washington Post
- “Lives Lost 2019” The Washington City Paper
- “‘Black Panther’ is much more than a superhero movie for black Americans” ThinkProgress
- “MLK’s Legacy in the Classroom: Truncated and Tidied Up” Education Week
- “‘Giving up wasn’t an option’: How one man beat the odds to graduate from college” The Washington Post
- “Black Girls Are Magic literary mag leads to accusations of stolen brand” quoted by The Daily Dot
- “Rashid Darden Elected to Lead Arts Fraternity” Gamma Xi Phi press release
- “Brothers Unite to Bring Vampire Tale to Life” AlphaEast Journal, Volume 1, Number 2
- Paranormal Wednesday with Shonda Brock
- “Look Back in Anger. Or Just Vague Annoyance” essay on Great Black Speakers
- “Culture Shock: How Black Women Steal Gay Black Men’s Slanguage” a guest essay by Rashid Darden at Dopalicious District
- “Shady Shade: Are Straight Black Women Stealing Gay Black Male Language?” by Charing Ball at Madame Noire
- Modern Griots Reviews: Birth of a Dark Nation on Aker: Futuristically Ancient
- “Rashid Darden: Birth of a Great Writer” by David Carus, Artists Run This Planet
- Birth of a Dark Nation: An Interview with the Author by Thomas Williams
- Interview with Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity
- Overview of Lazarus and Covenant from NiqueKenzie
- Town Hall Speaker Series Student Recap by Dejah Moreland
- Interview on Geek Mundo by Estefany Gonzalez
- Projects You Should Support by Stacy Australia
- Author Interview with The Hungry Freelancer
- “Why I Love Teleworking” interview with Telework Portfolio
- Writing to Live: Four Authors You Need to Know by D. A. Steward, Outlook Columbus
- Writing and Ruminating, Washington Blade
- Promoting OutWrite in Lambda Literary and in MetroWeekly
- Georgetown Alumni Career Spotlight
- Shout out from Fire and Ink
- Steven G. Fullwood
- Brief mention in the Washington Blade in advance of DC Black Pride
- Review of Lazarus by Stanley Bennet Clay in GBM News
- “Why You Should Know Rashid Darden” by Anthony Chatman for GAYRVA.com
- “Where is Rashid Darden?” in Living Out Loud with Darian
- “Finding Rashid” also in Living Out Loud with Darian
- “First Annual Clik Magazine Awards a Success” by Jasmyne Cannick
- Preview of “When Oppressed People Oppress” in Athens-Area (Ohio) Women’s Events