Can you tell us how you got started in poetry or writing?
I got my start in writing at a young age. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, so
making up stories was always me just keeping myself entertained and disassociated
from the world around me. I don’t think I grew up knowing I wanted to be a writer until I
found myself smoking a blunt and writing for fun. I didn’t start writing poetry until
midway through my first semester of graduate school. In fact, I prided myself in having a
disdain for the art since I was a child. Life is ironic.
Can you please share some history or info about yourself?
You know, I’m just a regula-schmegula Black Queer Non Binary person trying to make it
just like the next person. I’ve worked in live events, television production and now I’m a
second year Creative Writing graduate student in a small town in Iowa. I’m also a
recovering addict. That was a mouthful to say but then again, most things I speak on are
a mouthful. During the pandemic, I lost my grandmother to cancer and life was hitting
me fast that I was spiraling and couldn’t seem to find direction, so naturally in fight or
flight response, I chose to go back to school and this was only after living a very
dangerous and drug fueled sex craved life. I was filled with so many emotions that were
hard to sort through, mainly negative and I couldn’t express myself through fiction like
poetry allowed me. I went from writing emo-bitch poems to finding my voice as a poet
and what I want my art to say, that I’m an unapologetic black queer who could give a
shit less about respectability. I believe that if I can get just one person to feel moved
enough to say “same” or “oof” then I’ve accomplished what art is supposed to do,
connect and move people, no matter the subject matter. Other than that, I usually spend most of my days playing Pokémon, smoking weed, jotting down poems on
“Notes” and binge watching an unhealthy amount of Hulu while still managing not to fail
school. Go figure. You can have it all.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I have two projects. I have one completed speculative fiction manuscript that
I’m currently editing and book of poetry I’m constructing for my graduation project out
of my MFA program. If you follow my social media, I can assure you I will be obnoxious
enough to remind you what they are called and if they are being published. I also host
open mic for poetry every first Thursday and I’m hosting a free creative writing
workshop on June 9th called Cyber Sex: Hoe-Tale Confessionals. I also was recently
approached by a publication by a publication in Australia to become a resident writer
after their creative director read my old blog. They highlight black and brown queer
voices on their side of the pond and I just think it’s such a dope honor to be invited into
a cultural exchange if you will. Follow them on IG @fobmoves
Where are you from and currently living?
I’m from Dallas (Triple D), Texas, however these days I stay in Iowa for school and go
back home to family in Fort Worth. I wouldn’t recommend it but you can’t choose some
things so that’s that lol.
A Poem I Wrote When I Should Have Been Sleep
But Couldn’t Because My Bladder Is a Bitch
I wake up now at 4:26 AM to pee and read
I’ve watched my heart shatter 96 consecutive
hours’ worth of screentime.
B!#$ Publish let’s eat the sun
when it rises fashionably late
until next week.
It’s 4:54 and everyone refuses to engage
i should delete Grindr
no one is fucking in Iowa
Except that one time or few
with a DWB (dick with benefits)
who surprised me with unwrapped