Call Me by My Name: Poetry of Black Womanhood & the Erotic

Friday, March 25, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:20 pm


Audre Lorde declared without hesitation that the erotic is power. When that force is an expression of Black feminine sexuality, it can be an act of resistance and liberation. What gives us pleasure? How do we write about that pleasure from a place of joy that welcomes vulnerability? To name a thing is to address but also affirm it. When the erotic energy of Black womanhood is allowed to name itself, pleasure becomes unconfined and writing that pleasure, limitless.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Call_Me_By_My_Name__Poetry_of_Black_Womanhood_the_Erotic_Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Call_Me_By_My_Name__Poetry_of_Black_Womanhood_the_Erotic_Submission_Suggestions.pdf



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 has received fellowships from Fine Arts Work Center, Maryland State Arts Council, and The Cave Canem Foundation.

Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of two chapbooks: In the Belly of the Mirror and The Bloodlet. She is poetry editor at Gigantic Sequins, and she has published work in the Georgia Review, Poetry Northwest, Washington Square Review, Apogee Journal, Sundress Publications’ Lyric Essentials series, and elsewhere.

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.

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union, 2019 Journal/ Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize winner, and Haint, a 2017 Ohioana Poetry Book award winner. She's a Cave Canem fellow, a Black Ladies Brunch Collective member, and poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C.


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