Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Winner of the Red Mountain Discovery Award. Monica Prince's INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY SURVIVAL suggests a path that moves one from suffering to healing. The poems tackle historical trauma, racism, rape, and depression—all explain that pain is meant to inform, not define, one's life. Rather than ask us to live in a constant state of survival, or give up entirely, this collection shows the many ways we can save ourselves, while revealing the secrets that require a rescue in the first place.
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Monica Prince, a Black performance poet raised by Guyanese parents, teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania, where she writes choreopoems and performance poetry. Her debut poetry collection, INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY SURVIVAL (Red Mountain Press, 2019), won the Discovery Award for an outstanding first collection. She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly and the author of HOW TO EXTERMINATE THE BLACK WOMAN (PANK Books, 2020) and the chapbook Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018). Her creative work is featured in MadCap Review, The Texas Review, TRACK//FOUR, and elsewhere.Author City: SELINSGROVE, PA USA