April 11, 2019
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
we did not stretch Frankie Beverly’s voice/ like a tent across this humble meadow/ of amber folk sipping gold sun through skin/ rejoicing over their continued breath/ just for you to invite anyone in
Rasheed Copeland is a native of Washington, DC. He is a father and a husband. He is the author of The Book of Silence: Manhood As a Pseudoscience (Sergeant Press, 2015) and was a recipient of the 2016 DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Award. He placed 2nd in the world at the 2015 Individual World Poetry slam. He is currently studying English at the undergraduate level at Howard University in his junior year.
Enoch the Poet
I’ve learned how to move around on fire, // I human torch/ I ghost ride. // I drink spirits and swerve through lanes/ like a soul passing.
Enoch the Poet was born and raised on the north side of Wilmington, DE. As a writer and educator he uses his art to address issues of Black mental health, the Black social condition in America and the multiple ways in which these two topics intersect. He teaches various workshops around the tri-state area geared towards exploring self and using poetry as a form of mental therapy and rehabilitation. In April of 2017 he earned a spot on the 2017 Philadelphia Fuze National Poetry Slam Team as well as won the title of 2017 Philadelphia Fuze Grand Slam Champion. He then went on to compete in the Individual World Poetry Slam competition where he ranked 28th in the nation. He’s had work published in various literary magazines such as Wusgood and Open Mind Quarterly, just to name a few, and before the end of 2017 he published his first full length book of poetry titled “The Guide to Drowning.”
The world comes to us in terms of death,/ 140 characters at a time. // I don’t want to talk about it. / I want to lie in what little grass remains/ and try to fit your heart inside of mine.
June Gehringer is the author of I LOVE YOU IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN (Be About It Press 2017) and I DON’T WRITE ABOUT RACE, the latter of which was the winner of Civil Coping Mechanisms’s 2017 Mainline contest, an ENTROPY Best Poetry Book of 2018, and debuted as the number one LGBT new release on Amazon. She’s doing everything she can.
nic lópez is a boricua poet, writer and dj. Their poems have been described as an “eclectic blend of spanglish hip hop rhythms and puerto rican jabería born out of the southern swamps of Florida.” Their writing has been featured in The Gordian Review, Philly Inquirer and N.A.S.W Journal. They are a 2012 Leeway Foundation Arts & Change grant recipient and hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers Newark. Like most writers… they have 3 jobs to pay bills and 6 side hustles to stay busy. Their main love is always the poems.
Tucked in the palace of my slumbering/
joys, under frost. My solitude becomes a torch.
Hiwot Adilow is co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and author of the chapbook In The House of My Father (Two Sylvias Press, 2018). Her second chapbook, Prodigal Daughter, will be published by Akashic Books as part of the New Generation African Poets series, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. Hiwot’s poems appear in Callaloo, Vinyl, and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018). She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community.