Action by: Raina J. León
Date(s) - 04/07/2017
ACTION: READ THIS POEM BY RAINA J. LEON
bull | machete | bullet | laurel |time
we are the beast together
I know what it is to be asked
What are you?
The prod and pull of hands
on skin, through hair
as if to catalogue me for auction
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Raina J. León, member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of LatinX arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.