Lisbeth White on Black Writers Read

TODAY! Saturday, April 29, 5pm ET/2pm PT
Hosted and produced by performance poet, playwright,
pop culture critic, and educator Nicole M. Young-Martin,
Black Writers Read showcases, celebrates, and honors 
 the words, work, and traditions of Black writers from across
the country, across genres, across experiences and across
the African Diaspora. Perugia Press is honored to be in
collaboration with Black Writers Read for this event. 
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🍃 More Press for AMERICAN SYCAMORE 🍃

Much gratitude to Raina J. León for this far-ranging conversation with Lisbeth White in the latest EcoTheo Review. An excerpt from White: “I actually have a picture of my younger self on my altar, because she was just so cute, and I dont think she knew that ... She was just very precious and had a lot of wonder ... I think young people, especially young girls, have such magic ... I mean, I can see why Black girl magic became the hashtag that it is, right? And just that even if it goes away for a little bit, remember that you have that, because ... its something worth coming back to.
Many thanks to Apogee Journal and Lakshmi Sunder (a rising freshman at Northwestern University!) for the piece “An Appointment with the Goddess,” a review of Lisbeth White’s American SycamoreAn excerpt: “As the speaker braves each of these stairs on their journey, they become submerged in ancestry—not as a witness, but as an active participant.” 

Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight

April 2023 Poet: Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe

Sparkwood and 21
In the black lodge of my living room, red tick of alarm clock pulsing, Laura Palmer strikes like a match, setting fire to everything. Beneath a netting of medication, a sort of healing. It begins on the sofa. That’s how I know she’s here to show me something about myself. Out in those woods she’s been waiting. Beneath branches. Standing below the amber glow of owl eyes, breaking pitch with embers’ slow ignition. This is where I get to know her. A spark in the rain-swept city. She curls her finger in my hair to make sure I’m listening. Now comes her breath on kindling. A whispered story fire walk with me my body, a curled leaf alone on the pullout. Pill-spelled in the witching hour. In the dark between worlds, it is not a coincidence the two of us met here, where a girl’s story can fall across an entire town, like pine needles.

From Rose Quartz by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2023). Copyright © 2023 by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions.

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* Perugia Poet News *
Perugia poet Lisbeth White's book American Sycamore

 was named a Poet Laureate Fellow through
the Academy of American Poets last year, and they've
published this interview with her about her work.
Perugia poet Gail Thomas is offering a poetry chapbook workshop through Pioneer Valley Writers on May 13-27.
And Thomas's poem " Cento for Women Who Are
Not Believed" was chosen for honorable mention in the
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