Her poems have appeared in journals and many anthologies such as When She Named Fire: Contemporary Poems by American Women from Autumn House Press. She is recipient of the 2010 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International and is founder and director of Detroit’s award-winning InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a writers-in-schools program, which inspires creative self expression and literary confidence among thousands of Detroit youth per year.
Blackhawk received a PhD in Reading and Language Arts Education from Oakland University, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in April, 2014. She has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as ArtServe Michigan’s Governor’s Award for Arts Education and a Detroit Metro Times Progressive Hero Award. She is a 2013 Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellow.