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 🖤
The latest issue of New Ohio Review includes a short, lyric essay of mine titled "An Oral History of Hands as Told to Me by My Grandmother." This piece is part of my unpublished manuscript ThreadSpeak, which seeks to make text do what the quilt does: weave, fold, story, warm. You can get yourself a copy of this issue here.
I'm late to posting, but BLACK Lawrence gathered for music, poetry, and more during Black History Month & it was awesome! I obviously do not follow directions since I seem to be the only one not looking at the camera.
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.
"I am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself," a video poetic. Thanks to Nicholas Manning and Jordan Stempleman for publishing this work, which is featured in their Winter 2019 works alongside Martín Klein, Laura Mullen, Gabe Raines, and Andrea Karo.
Since 2007, The Continental Review has been dedicated to video poetics and for that, I am a thankful writer.
Check out I Heart Local Musics's photo gallery featuring performances from Femme Fest 2019 in Lawrence, KS. I shared the stage with local musicians, read new poems, kept my coat on the entire time, and if you really want to know, it all went very well.
My flash piece "Model Survivors" is up now at Jellyfish Review. I was angry when I wrote this and still am. The title is derived from a Tweet by Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement. You can read it here. Reader, please also consider checking out ways to support survivors: