Centering Fat Black Femme Poetics in the Fight for Liberation

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What does it mean to demand space in a world that doesn’t want you? Join fat Black femme poets for a reading about the ways they explore what it means to be big as an act of freedom. Panelists will discuss how the body, Blackness, love, fatness, desire, pleasure, and liberation emerge in their poetics. This reading will explore how fat Black femme poetics build new visions of bold Blackness that center pleasure and reject the white gaze.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: fat_black_women_awp_outline_.pdf



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.

Diamond Forde is a Tin House and Callaloo fellow whose work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, The Offing, and more. She is a recipient of the Margaret Walker prize, a finalist for the GA Poetry Prize, and her debut book, Mother Body, was published by Saturnalia Books.

Tara Betts is the author of Refuse to Disappear, Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Tara currently teaches at DePaul University. Tara is also poetry editor at The Langston Hughes Review.

Aurielle Marie is a Black and queer poet and essayist. Winner of the 2020 Cave Canem Poetry Award, Aurielle's debut, Gumbo Ya Ya, was selected as the 2022 Lambda Literary Award winner in Bisexual Poetry. The 2022 Georgia Author of the Year in poetry, she writes from her hometown of Atlanta.


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