Navigating Motherly Instincts Through “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Last year, my then-six year old picked the book Schomburg, by Carole Boston Weatherford, for his bedtime story, and we snuggled in to learn about the incredible story of Afro-Latino historian and book collector Arturo Schomburg. In the fifth grade, Schomburg was told that Africa’s sons and daughters had no history and no achievements, but […]

The “Negative Peace” of Whyt Silence

It’s been 20+ years since I attended or organized poetry slams in the summer before going off to get my MFA, after which I never wrote slam poetry again. It’s also possible that I never wrote slam poetry to begin with. I was full of piss and vinegar, but I wrote very quiet poems, and […]

In a Dark Wood

“In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” ~ Dante, The Divine Comedy After about five years into motherhood I was coming out of postpartum depression and struggling with overwhelm and burnout from over-functioning. Something was missing in my life, and my body knew before my mind. The popular […]