“Fvck You Dan” by Regina Guarino

Fvck You Dan

The night the lights went out
Fist
in
the
wall
Fist
in
my
face
Fist
Went out, the lights, the night

Regina Guarino
7/31/2019

Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul. Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. Regina Guarino has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.

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“UnSkinny Legend” by Aerik Francis

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UnSkinny Legend

I AM A FAT LEGEND
OVERFLOWING
ROLLS
BREASTS
THIGHS
OVERFLOWING
MEALS
CLOTHING
PRIDE
OVERFLOWING
FAT, I AM A LEGEND

Aerik Francis
7/27/2019

Aerik Francis is Queer Black & Latinx poet born, raised, and based in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was awarded the 2019 Amiri Baraka Scholarship for SWP at Naropa University, is a Winter Tangerine Workshop alum, and has had his work published in Spit Poet Zine.

“Jump” by Regina Guarino

Jump

Double Dutch, swing in rhythm
jump
one-way
street
narrow
jump
sidewalk
cracks
jagged
jump
in rhythm, swing Double Dutch

Regina Guarino
7/31/2019

Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul. Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. Regina Guarino has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.

“U.S. Treasure(y)” by Kara Provost

U.S. Treasure(y)

Out of many, one—our currency reads.
Tender
bodies
aren’t
illegal
tender—
lives
worth
treating
tender.
Read our currency: out of many, one.

Kara Provost
8/1/2019

Kara Provost has published two chapbooks, Topless (Main Street Rag) and Nests (Finishing Line), and six microchapbooks with the Origami Poems project. Her poems appear in literary journals and a number of anthologies, including Credo: Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative WritingNuclear Impact: Shattered Atoms in Our Hands; and Shifts: Women’s Growth through Change. Provost teaches writing at Curry College and lives in Rhode Island.

“Bullet Points” by Gregory Luce

Bullet Points

For your thoughts and prayers
bullets
fly
backwards
spent
bullets
become
whole
cold
bullets
for your thoughts and prayers.

Your thoughts and prayers
for
bullets
pounded
flat
for
making
lead
pennies
for
your thoughts and prayers.

Gregory Luce
8/7/2019

Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather(Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has published widely in print and online. He is a native Texan and the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is retired from National Geographic, works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC, and lives in Arlington, VA.

“We Who Navigate Worlds” by Rashida James-Saadiya

We Who Navigate Worlds

Black women are breathing stars
traveling
backward
beyond
history
traveling
forward
to
Nebula
traveling
stars are Black women breathing

Rashida James-Saadiya
8/1/2019

Rashida James-Saadiya is a writer and cultural educator. Her work explores spirituality, identity, and the transmission of cultural memory through storytelling amongst Black women. In addition, she is the Arts & Culture Editor for Sapelo Square, a digital hub documenting the experience and legacy of Black Muslims in America.

Rashida James-Saadiya shares her narrative photographic work “Betraying the Spectacle” which highlights the intersections of blackness, spirituality and creative resistance in the lives of Black Muslim women living and working in the American South. Rashida James-Saadiya is a visual artist, writer, and cultural educator invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.