I AM A FAT LEGEND
FAT, I AM A LEGEND
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.
Double Dutch, swing in rhythm
in rhythm, swing Double Dutch
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.
Out of many, one—our currency reads.
Read our currency: out of many, one.
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 Writing; Nuclear Impact: Shattered Atoms in Our Hands; and Shifts: Women’s Growth through Change. Provost teaches writing at Curry College and lives in Rhode Island.
For your thoughts and prayers
for your thoughts and prayers.
Your thoughts and prayers
your thoughts and prayers.
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
Black women are breathing stars
stars are Black women breathing
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.
What grows in heat:
comfort. . .
growing in the heat.
Naomi Thiers is the author of three poetry collections: Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (WWPH), In Yolo County, and She Was a Cathedral (both Finishing Line Press.) Her poems and fiction have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Sojourners, and many others. Former editor of Phoebe, she works as an editor for Educational Leadership magazine and lives in a condo on the banks of Four Mile Run in Arlington, VA.