S. Erin Batiste and Courtney Faye Taylor are two poets focused unfailingly on the material conditions and lived and living experiences of Black women in the United States. Across a range of styles, genres, and forms, their work, Batiste and Taylor weave personal and cultural histories towards memories of the future reimagined, reclaimed, and transformed.
S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet and artist. She is a 2022-2023 The Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow and a 2022-2023 Recess Critical Writing Fellow. She has received fellowships and support from Cave Canem, PEN America, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Rona Jaffe Foundation, and The Jerome Foundation, among other honors. Author of the chapbook, Glory to All Fleeting Things, her work has exhibited in New York and has appeared internationally in Interim, Michigan Quarterly Review, wildness, You Don't Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, and In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.
Courtney Faye Taylor is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022), selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of the 92Y Discovery Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize, Courtney’s work can be found in Poetry Magazine, The Nation, Ploughshares, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.
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