Meet OUR previous CO-HOSTS!
HOSTED: APRIL – DECEMBER 2021
I was born and raised in France because my university student parents could not return to Laos after the Fall of Vientiane. As a French-born, Minnesota-grown, Hmong/Asian American poet, I feel that when I write poetry my gaze is able to cross the gaze of my ancestors, my many cultures, and the communities I live in. My poetry has been my connection to recovering my family cultural heritage, my Hmong and Asian American histories, and building bridges and solidarity with other disenfranchised and mainstream communities. During the pandemic and in the midst of multiple racial and economic crises, my poetry has deepened and gone from being a peripheral activity to taking a central role in my identity and social justice activism.
FARIGUEL HOSTED FROM OCTOBER 2020 – APRIL 2021!
Miguel Angel Angeles is a fat queer Xicanx writer from Lindsay, California. After almost 15 years in New York City, he has returned to the rural interiors of California. His short story ‘Cicatrices’ was published in 2010 in The Best of Panic Anthology and “Este Dulce Frio” was published in 2011 in From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. In 2012, his poetry was published in Nahualliandoing Dos/An Anthology of Poetry in Nahuatl, Español and English. He has participated in Voices of Our Nation’s Arts (VONA) workshops with Junot Diaz, Elmaz Abinader, and Shay Youngblood and Cave Canem poetry workshops facilitated by Eduardo Corral, Rio Cortez, and Cortney Lamar Charleston.
Faria Ali is a revived fire sign who spends much time in Brooklyn and Central NJ. She writes mostly in the liminal spaces of all the hyphenated things people are talking about these days. Also, she loves birds and two-tone ska, and has grown enough as a person and writer to bend sarcasm into light (her friends and family are grateful). Notably, her writing remains cluttered with adverbs and her tenses are all over the place.
MEET RAYCHELLE HEATH WHO iS A REGULAR GUEST HOST AND AMAZING SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY!
Raychelle Heath is a poet, artist, teacher, and digital nomad with an MFA in Writing from the University of South Carolina. She is also an alumni of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation workshop. She has had work published in Alimentum magazine and has written for Travel Noire. In her writing, she deals with themes of race, colorism, economic disparity, and spirituality. She also uses her writing to explore what it means to be a black woman solo traveling around the world. When Raychelle is not writing, she is engaging with the wellness community as a certified Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Mind Body Meditation instructor.