Top 5 Reasons Why I Prefer an Anti-racist ACCOMPLICE to an “Ally.”

In this podcast I breakdown why anti-racist ACCOMPLICE is preferable to “ally.”  I would love to hear your feedback!   _________________________________________________________________________ Paulo Friere wrote, “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” This workbook was created to address the myth Read more about Top 5 Reasons Why I Prefer an Anti-racist ACCOMPLICE to an “Ally.”[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #13: The Kids Are Alright!

In this episode I prove that poetry works with seasoned adults, college aged readers and writers, and high school “novices.” I travel from Illinois’s capitol, where I read for the state legislators, and the Illinois Humanities administration, to McKendree University,  and I end with the brilliant young scholars in East St. Louis Senior high school’s Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #13: The Kids Are Alright![…]

Is there Such a Thing as a Poor White Progressive?

“We po’.” Almost everyday, my grandmother would say this simple sentence. The missing verb served to make it more immediate, like a simple equation. “We po’.” We equaled poor. Sometimes she said it in response to the evening news when groups of white men argued in Washington, DC about laws and elections. Then, “We po’” Read more about Is there Such a Thing as a Poor White Progressive?[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #12: Black Avant Garde

The Black Arts contains multitudes! Watch the diversity of expression as poets Francine J. Harris and Thylias Moss stretch the notion of a black poem all over the St. Louis Metro. I document the literary arts from Left Bank Books in the Central West End, to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Grand Center. With a Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #12: Black Avant Garde[…]

Representation Matters

I threw the bodiless blonde in the trunk of the car, hoping I’d disposed of it in such a way as to not draw attention to her abrupt disappearance. This was late night espionage. I drove around for days like this. I imagined her painted smile, and her pastel blue eyes with their fixed stare. Read more about Representation Matters[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #11: Black Books, Black Children, & Black Love

This episode of The Feminine Pronoun youtube blog series finds me sharing the power and resonance of Fannie Lou Hamer with a population she loved — children. The EYESEEME bookstore (the only black children’s bookstore in St. Louis) provided a welcoming space for the inquisitive crew and their mentors.

The FEMININE PRONOUN Youtube Vlog #10: Black Poetry & Black Church

In this week’s episode of the Feminine Pronoun series, your intrepid poet (me:) signs books at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church. I sold and signed copies of my book, *chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hammer*. It’s being carried in their book store, the LIFE CHANGER book store. You get a glimpse Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN Youtube Vlog #10: Black Poetry & Black Church[…]