The Feminine Pronoun Series #25: Ferguson is Everywhere

In this episode I reflect on the impact of Michael Brown’s murder and the Ferguson Uprising on my social justice advocacy, my writing, my teaching and my parenting. An extra special thanks is owed to the ARTIVISTS and to Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost for the incredible song, “We Comin” that appears toward the Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #25: Ferguson is Everywhere[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls

In this week’s vlog I watched the democratic convention and spent time with the Hurston Hughes Scholars. HHS is a self organized group of black parents and teachers who read black literature and invite guests like me and fellow poet Cheeraz Gormon to share our work with them. Coincidentally, I was in the presence of Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls[…]

How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time

This week’s vlog follows me through a day of workshop with the inimitable Bhanu Kapil.  Bhanu Kapil is a conceptual poet who recently worked for 15 years at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Center, this day long experience for metro area poets was named “How to Grieve While Read more about How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time[…]

The Global Reach of Blackness

Today I presented about Fannie Lou Hamer. This is a presentation I’ve done many times now, but because of the audience it was quite different. Because the audience was European and specifically people from the Balkan Peninsula, I stopped much more frequently to explain terms. I spent time on “sharecropping” “Jim crow” and explaining why Read more about The Global Reach of Blackness[…]

“Friend is Worth More than a Dollar”

Today I rose super thankful for not having to sleep in the airport, and then slog through an eight hour flight, a two hour flight, and then a two and half hour drive . . . unwashed.   My grandmother used to say, “A friend is worth more than a dollar.”  Her reasoning being, if Read more about “Friend is Worth More than a Dollar”[…]

A Special FATHER’S DAY episode of the FEMININE PRONOUN Series (#19)

This is a “very special episode” of the FEMININE PRONOUN Series. Father’s Day is coming up and I am the daughter of a Poet. Eugene B. Redmond is a foundational Black Arts Movement poet, professor emeritus, cultural griot, and author of Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro American Poetry. I may be biased, but he is Read more about A Special FATHER’S DAY episode of the FEMININE PRONOUN Series (#19)[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN series # 16: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

This episode finds me moving from my various roles of artist, daughter, and mother. What’s cool is I get to inhabit all of them at the same time! From a multi media poetry reading with my father for the nine network, to Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street, to a wonderful Mother’s Day breakfast with Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN series # 16: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #15: Poets are Witches

I flew to New England and read my work at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. While there, I stayed in Salem, Massachusetts and read with two other sister poets and fellow Cave Canem alumnae, Jarita Davis and Antoinette Brim. Were we like a coven? Maybe. Check out this witchy episode where I cast a spell that Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #15: Poets are Witches[…]

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #14: #blackpoetsspeakout

The #blackpoetsspeakout movement was started by Jericho Brown, Mahogany Brown, and Amanda Johnston in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. This episode finds me traveling to participate in a #blackpoetsspeakout reading in Columbia, Missouri. The reading featured poets from the Cave Canem organization, as well as local poets and faculty from the Read more about The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #14: #blackpoetsspeakout[…]