Poetry. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Latino/Latina Studies. PROFETA WITHOUT REFUGE engages in poetic experimentation through the writing of an Afrocentric and womanist creation myth in resistance to state-sanctioned violence against Black and brown peoples. The book includes poems in the voices of three characters: the creator goddess of a Black immortal people; her human daughter who carries the vivid memories of generational trauma and joy; and the poet who serves as witness to reality and creator of the surreal as survival mechanism in our tumultuous times.
Raina J. Leon, PhD, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo graduate fellow (2016), Macondista, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis) locate(2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Ragdale, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland, and the Vermont Studio Center. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of LatinX arts and writing. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary's College of California. Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA