Join us for a live-streamed conversation and poetry reading with outgoing Managing Director Camisha Jones and Board Member Danez Smith to celebrate Camisha’s leadership and impact at Split This Rock! Learn more about Camisha and Danez below.
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Accessibility: ASL interpretation and CART service will be available. Visual descriptions will be shared by each speaker and effort will be made to identify who's speaking throughout the program. If images are shown, verbal descriptions will also be shared. If you have other accommodation requests, send an email to [email protected]. We are committed to doing all we can to make this an accessible virtual experience. Given time constraints and other limitations, receiving accommodation emails as early as possible will give us the best opportunity to fulfill requests. After the conversation is live-streamed, a captioned recording will be prepared and available via YouTube.
Camisha L. Jones has served as Split This Rock’s Managing Director since November 2013. During her tenure she has also organized four biennial poetry festivals, served as an editor for the Poem of the Week Series and a curator for the Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series, launched a bi-monthly writing workshop series, and worked diligently to expand the organization's commitment to accessibility and disability justice. She has close to 30 years’ experience organizing and leading programs, gatherings, and people at nonprofits and institutions of higher education.
Camisha is the author of Flare (Finishing Line Press, 2017), a poetry chapbook focused largely on her experiences with hearing loss and chronic pain. Her poems have been published in The New York Times, Poets.org, Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Typo, The Quarry, and elsewhere. Other writing can be found at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts’ website and Class Lives: Stories From Across Our Economic Divide, published by ILR Press in 2014.
Camisha is a 2022 Disability Futures Fellow, Franklin & Marshall College’s 2017 Lapine Poetry Fellow, and one of the Loft Literary Center’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellows. She competed at the 2013 National Poetry Slam on behalf of Slam Richmond. She is a co-editor for a forthcoming anthology of disability poetry with Travis Chi Wing Lau, Naomi Ortiz, and Michael Northen.
Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Homie (Graywolf Press, 2020), Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, the 2020 Pushcart Prize Anthology, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and was the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Learn more at Danez's website.