I have dedicated my life and my graduate studies in Literature and Creative Writing to exploring and writing about the lives of women. My very first poem was about growing up with my mother, and since her death, I have continued to explore her relationship to her body and her body’s relationship to the world. My scholarship and art examines the ways in which racist, sexists ideologies affect black women specifically. And I am interested in researching the ways in which women writers of color take up discussion of gender, race, and class in their novels, essays, and poems. So, in honor of this Women’s History Month, I want to share a few titles from my current list of women writers of color that I read last year or am reading and/or reviewing this year:
Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night Morgan Parker
Citizen Claudia Rankine
A Swarm of Bees in High Court Tonya Foster
Bloodroot Khadijah Queen
Fearful Beloved Khadijah Queen
Merciful Impulses Camille Rankine
Slow Dance with Trip Wire Camille Rankine
Diary of a K-Drama Villain Min K. Kang
Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth Warsan Shire
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Roxane Gay
Houses Nikki Wallschlaeger
Life on Mars Tracy K Smith
Duende Tracy K. Smith
I just finished The Sing That Like Dove Song workshop with Winter Tangerine. It was such a wonderful, spirit-affirming experience, and I got the opportunity to work with three amazing writers: Mick Powell, Alexis Smithers, and Pages D. Matam. Please go and read their work!
Lastly, most of the poems that I have published speak to my life as a black female scholar and a black woman author in predominately white spaces. I am thankful for the journals that support women and feminist writing.
Please find me on social media where you will find links to my published poems:
[By Simone Savannah]
Simone Savannah is a PhD student in the department of English at the University of Kansas.