F270. Legacies of the Badass: Black Feminist Writing in the Millennium

Room 209ABC, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This reading features five black women writers who represent the legacies of innovation, experimentation, and political conscience characteristic of such pioneering poets as Jayne Cortez and June Jordan. The increasing visibility of a poetic practice that is bold, brave, radical, subversive, progressive, and very much black and female indicates a cultural continuum that embraces the fearless social interrogations and influence of black feminist writers of the past, present, and future.



Ruth Ellen Kocher's most recent books are Third VoiceEnding in PlanesGoodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun, and domina Un/blued. She teaches poetry, poetics, and literature at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Her poetry and prose has appeared in numerous journals.

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD., is associate professor in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering; DISCIPLINE, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life; and GOOD STOCK, forthcoming.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of the solo play Thingification and three books of poetry, including Drag, Amnesiac, and the prizewinning No Dictionary of a Living Tongue. Editor of Obsidian and cofounder of the Black Took Collective, she is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men and What I Had On. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, and was staged in NYC by The Relationship. She is a PhD candidate at University of Denver.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center