Poetry. African American Studies. UNSTEADY, Monique Ferrell's first full-length collection of poetry and dramatic monologues, is an examination of a life in progress. The verse in this collection delves deeply into such themes as race, class, violence, gentrification, sexuality, celebrity, love, and politics. It is designed to explore the life issues of which we are all so certain, but hopes to express that uncertainty—being unsteady—is normal and can lend itself to deep reflection and creativity. In its pages, you will find poems about infamous cultural figures like Billie Holiday, Mike Tyson, and Tennessee Williams. Additionally, the reader will find poems about a mother who made a difficult and irrevocable decision during Hurricane Katrina, and about the late Lashaundra Armstrong—a woman who drove herself and her five children into the Hudson River during the winter of 2011. It is a visceral examination of things that matter to the writer, and in the end, after your own examination, things that will matter to you as well.
Monique Ferrell is a poet and fiction writer. She is the author of three books of poetry: Attraversiamo (NYQ Books, 2016), UNSTEADY (NYQ Books, 2011), and Black Body Parts (Cross+Roads Press, 2002). Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, and New York Quarterly, among other creative writing journals, as well as the anthologies Token Entry, Out of the Rough, The Place Where We Dwell, and RABBIT EARS: TV POEMS (NYQ Books, 2015). Beyond her creative writing pursuits, Ferrell is co- founder of 2 Bridges Review, co-editor of the feminist criticism text Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters, and author of a myriad of scholarly publications on writing, race, gender equality, and pop culture issues including the forthcoming book The Seduction Deduction: Erotica, Intellect, and God- like Transformation in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Currently, she is a Professor of English and teaches Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Composition in New York City.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA