Poetry. Drama. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. In a country grappling with its bloody history and uncertain future, HOW TO EXTERMINATE THE BLACK WOMAN illuminates the struggle of the Black woman trying to thrive in a society seeking to consume and erase her. Set after the murder of Sandra Bland, or Trayvon Martin, or Emmett Till, this choreopoem takes place in the collective memory of American Black women, represented by Angela fractured into six emotions: fear, loss, silence, expectation, fury, and new. Through chanted sestinas, yoga-inspired dances, and a chorus of the subconscious, HOW TO EXTERMINATE THE BLACK WOMAN confronts readers and audiences with the terrors and triumphs that mark Black women in the United States, from burying their murdered children and surviving rape to going natural and falling in love. More than just #BlackGirlMagic, this choreopoem casts a literary spell, demanding empathy, action, and humanity from the stage.
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