R297. We are Our Own Gods: Writing for Black Women’s Liberation

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What is liberation for Black women in a “post-racial” America? Is it financial, spiritual, political, or realized by a free and loved body? Five Black women poets discuss ways in which their poems can architect the actualization of that freedom. This discussion explores the choices of these poets to write their authentic experiences as acts of resistance. Black women will no longer wait for nuanced representations. We will write who we are: powerful, vulnerable, dynamic.



Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Poetry Book Award, a Cave Canem fellow, and member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She is the poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Her website is poetsandparents.com.

Katy Richey’s work has appeared in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, RHINO, and The Offing. She received an honorable mention for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and she has received fellowships from Fine Arts Work Center, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Cave Canem Foundation.

celeste doaks, a poet and journalist, is the editor of Not Without Our Laughter, and author of Cornrows and Cornfields. Doaks, a Pushcart prize nominee, received her MFA from NC State University. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Delaware.

Saida Agostini is a queer afro-guyanese poet and activist. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, her work is featured or forthcoming in Origins, Drunk in the Midnight Choir, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, pluck!, The Little Patuxent Review, and other publications.


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