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.
Select poems, essays and videos.
"The Lonely Dream in Fevers"
Nat. Brut (forthcoming)
Winter Tangerine (forthcoming)
"After We Ruin My Love's Heart, the God of Annihilation Prays Back to Me"
Black Warrior Review
"crusty midwest demi femme, mapped"
"No More White Girls, or What I Learned from Father"
"Mr. Hotep Says Black Lives Matter and He'd Kill a Dyke" and "catatonia mercy or what i learned from mother"
"Conflict can destroy movements..."
"The Names of Things"
"Unlovelies in the Key of C Minor"
sAT., JUN. 9
SAT., JUN. 23
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