Woods, Jamila 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016
with Christopher Soto, Roger Reeves, and Emily Jungmin Yoon


hot to the touch, always sweating
oil from some fruit or nut, conducting
electricity clockwise, 3D printing
my signature over & over again
in new cursive 

– Jamila Woods, “My Afropuffs”

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Read this interview with Jamila Woods from SPIN Magazine:

Jamila Woods Puts the Focus on Chicago and Black Life

The literary organization Young Chicago Authors lists a pretty simple but powerful mission statement on its website: To transform “the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.” One way the organization has accomplished that goal is through WordplayYCA, a long-running open-mic series where many of Chicago’s brightest wordsmiths got their start.

it just so happens that i am hiding
weapons in my hair, just like the blonde
TSA lady expected. when she stuck her rubber
glove fingers in the thicket, a poem
jumped out and bit off her eyelashes.

– Jamila Woods, “in security or on being touched without permission”

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Watch Jamila Woods’s music video for “Blk Girl Soldier:”

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