Watkins is a columnist for Salon magazine and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The City Paper and other magazines. Watkins has been featured on Meet the Press and has been a reoccurring guest on CNN, NPR’s Monday Morning, Tell Me More, The Real News Network, Huff Post Live and The Marc Steiner Show who described Watkins as being “A brilliant phenomenon that needs to be heard.” Johns Hopkins Magazine writes, “Watkins storytelling is filling a void that mainstream journalism has left behind.”
He has lectured at countless events and programs around the country. Watkins was the winner of Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015 and featured in the Baltimore Business Journal as being one of the top 40 under 40 to watch. Watkins currently holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a professor at Goucher University and runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School. Watkins’ lives in east Baltimore. His debut essay collection The Beast Side, is available wherever books are sold. His memoir Cook Up, will be published by Grand Central in 2016.