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Poetry. African & African American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Women's Studies. In 1974, when Ntozake Shange first released the cannon of Black girl magic known as For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, her opening stanza was a call to all of us. "somebody/ anybody sing a black girl's song bring her out to know herself ." This book is answer to that call. What is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? Anastacia-Reneé's words frame so many questions, read like ritual, read like nursery rhymes, invoke ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Using a reimagined alphabet, Anastacia-Reneé sets about taking on everything from love to cancer, monsters, growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own. Her words define and redefine, explore hidden truths and expose the lies we are raised with. These poems are stories of blackness, of queerness, of womanhood and the combination of all the identities we hold externally and internally that create the tapestry of who we are and who we want to be.
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Anastacia-Reneé is the Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a full time queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received poetry fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Edge (Artist Trust) and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale. Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show has debuted at The Project Room, Hugo House, The Twilight Gallery and Gay City. 9 Ounces is a multivalent social justice play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Anastacia Renée is the Author of 26, (Dancing Girl Press), 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Writers Award nominee and a 2016 Pushcart nominee, as well as (V.) (Gramma Poetry, 2017), FORGET IT (Black Radish Books, 2017) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks-Argus Press, 2017).Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA