Poetry. Art. Essays. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. In an era of highly curated personas and unrealistic self-expectation, Kellie Richardson offers readers a stunningly honest account of her struggles with identity, relationships, mental health and self-love. THE ART OF NAMING MY PAIN collects Richardson's poetry, essays and art as she navigates what it is for a Black, queer, broken woman to seek joy in a world that says she doesn't deserve it. This book is an unfolding of her journey, bearing witness to the possibility of life after self-loathing. Richardson's voice is refreshingly candid in this sophomore collection, shedding light on issues we all face, though few have the courage to own in the public sphere.
Kellie Richardson is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She believes her work has one purpose: to be used as a tool for liberation and healing. Sometimes through provocation or confession, other times through belly laughs or tears, Richardson works to center the beauty and power of everyday folk and put some funk into the dread we call survival. She served as the Tacoma Poet Laureate from 2017-2019, working to hold and curate spaces that centered Black, Brown, and LGBTQ voices.Author City: TACOMA, WA USA