This anthology is a poly-vocal, visually stunning answer to the question, What are the sounds of community and how they are handed down? A home for Black art and culture in Seattle’s Central District, with this anthology Wa Na Wari makes a home for the essays, poetry, scores, scripts and silences of the Black poets, musicians, artists and scholars assembled by editors Rachel Kessler and Elisheba Johnson to wonder about the time-traveling, place-making power of sound.
Contributors: Anastacia-Reneé, Kamari Bright, Thione Diop, Mary Edwards, Rachael F., Aricka Foreman, Rell Be Free, Amir George, Chantal Gibson, Walis Johnson, JusMoni, Anaïs Maviel, Larry Mizell Jr., Okanomodé, and Christina Sharpe
Poetry. Fiction. Anthology. Diaspora.
Sited in a fifth-generation, Black-owned home, Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities. Wa Na Wari's mission is to create space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation and connection.
Anthology editors Rachel Kessler and Elisheba Johnson are two of Wa Na Wari's four co-founders.
Rachel Kessler is a writer, cartoonist, multi-disciplinary collaborator and educator who explores landscape and community. Currently she is working on a children's book about abortion and illustrating a poetry guidebook of the Pacific Northwest urban shore.
Elisheba Johnson is a curator, public artist and administrator. She is a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council and has won four Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards for her work. She currently co-manages Wa Na Wari.
Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA