Super excited to help kick off the next season of the Hello Atelier! podcast. Wonderful podcasters Betsy Blodgett and Jonathan Goetz interviewed me at my Lawrence, KS home and we had a lovely chat about books, writing, and more! You can listen to it here.
This fall, I'll be teaching The Quilted Story alongside Anne Luben, a fibers and printmaking artist at the Lawrence Arts Center. Classes begin Thursday, September 12, 2019 and will run for 12 weeks. Below is a description and here is a link to register.
Quilting and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In this class, we will look at how quilts tell stories by creating a quilt of our own. Throughout history, quilts have been used as forms of warmth, decoration, commemoration, political protest, and more. Not only do these works of art provide insight into the people who create them, they also reflect the historical, cultural, and social context of the time. By collaboratively selecting the design, materials, and content, students will have a unique opportunity to engage with the communal and creative aspects of the quiltmaking process.
Big shout out to Crystal's Spot in Lawrence, KS for hosting BLACK Lawrence's Juneteenth Celebration. In honor of the holiday, I read this poem by Phillis Wheatley.
BLACK Lawrence stands for: Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas, Lawrence
BLACK Lawrence believes in the celebration of black creative expression as a vehicle for artist & community growth. We seek to elevate the dialogue around the meaning of being a black artist & creating black art. We are artists of various mediums, including visual art, music, poetry & more! Each of our members comes as they are to inspire & support each other. Through workshops & showcases, it is our mission to assist black artists in networking with one another & the community, as well as to transform spaces to become inclusive of black people.
Excited to announce that I will be serving as the Poetry Editor of Snarl: A Journal of Literature and Art. Created by Chloe Seim earlier this year, the Snarl team features Connie Fiorella, Nicolas Shump, Mercedes Lucero (me!), and Chloe Seim. See our general submission guidelines below or check out the website for more info!
We seek submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art from those of marginalized identities who live or have lived in the Lawrence/Greater Kansas City Area. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, check out our FAQ page.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. Please find specific guidelines for each genre below.
For each category, there are free and tip jar options. It is not necessary to submit a tip jar submission, and whether a submission is paid or free will NOT influence our decision to decline or accept a work. Tip Jar submissions help us to offset production costs and pay our contributors. Thank you!
My Zinn Writer in Residency at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School wrapped up a few days ago. For our final visit, Alex Kimball Williams and I met with students of color to talk about self-love, identity, healing, and creating space for ourselves.
I'm grateful to have had the chance to work with all of the 180 seventh graders over the past few months and to watch them discover the possibilities of poetry. This is only a small sample of all the cool stuff we did. Several students were able to perform (many for the very first time) at the 6th Annual Poetry Fair held in Lawrence, KS.
Young people have a lot to say and I am humbled to have been a part of facilitating a NECESSARY space for their voices.
Our final collaborative chapbook with the students' poems is available through the Lawrence Arts Center for $10. All proceeds go directly to keeping programs like this in Lawrence,KS public schools.
So many people helped make this happen...from teachers to parents to local organizers & local organizations. Forever thankful 🖤