Kemi Alabi

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WHO

Kemi Alabi was born on a Sunday in July. Since then, their poetry and essays have found homes in Catapult, The Toast, The Guardian, Black Warrior Review, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Press 2018) and other warm places.

An editor and teaching artist, Kemi has worked with poets, organizers, journalists and students of all ages. They've read poems on stages nationwide, from universities to music festivals, bookstores to dive bars. They believe in Black queer futures and the word "tender." Tender tender tender.

These days, Kemi holds down Echoing Ida, a Forward Together home for Black women and nonbinary media makers, and reads poems for Muzzle Magazine. Wisconsin-bred, Boston-schooled and Oakland-loved, Kemi now lives in Chicago and online @kemiaalabi.

 
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what

Select poems, essays and videos.

 

POEMS

"The Lonely Dream in Fevers"
Nat. Brut (forthcoming)

"DUMB FUCKED"
Winter Tangerine (forthcoming)

"After We Ruin My Love's Heart, the God of Annihilation Prays Back to Me"
Black Warrior Review (forthcoming)

"Soft & Beautiful Just for Me Relaxer, No-Lye Conditioning Creme, Children's Regular"
BOAAT

"Depressed Black Queer #269 vs. The Body," "Depressed Black Queer #269 vs. The Whip" and "Depressed Black Queer #269 vs. The Ledge" 
HEArt

"crusty midwest demi femme, mapped"
Winter Tangerine

"At H&M, When Another Black Girl Asks if I Work Here"
Kweli Journal

"No More White Girls, or What I Learned from Father"
Kweli Journal

"Mr. Hotep Says Black Lives Matter and He'd Kill a Dyke" and "catatonia mercy     or what i learned from mother"
Apogee


essays

"The Nonbeliever"
Catapult

"Conflict can destroy movements..."
The Guardian

"The Names of Things"
The Toast


video

"Unlovelies in the Key of C Minor"
TEDx Boston

 
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when/where

 

tue., apr. 9

7:00 PM

Black girl magic: book launch

Poetry Foundation
Chicago, IL
More Information

THU., MAY 10

7:00 PM

queeriosity

Young Chicago Authors
Chicago, IL
Facebook Event

 

 

sAT., JUN. 9

6:00 PM

juneteenth Art show

Jimmy Beans Coffee
Chicago, IL
Facebook Event
 

SAT., JUN. 23

TIME TBA

MAMBY ON THE BEACH

Oakwood Beach (Stage TBA)
Chicago, IL
Buy Tickets

 
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CONTAct

For bookings and inquiries:

 
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