We (Too) Are Philly: Black & Brown Joy



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What does black and brown joy look like? Water gun fights in a Philly summer? Growing herbs in Puerto Rico or North Philly? Speakers that make the windows vibrate? Turning the music up to turn the heat down? Bbqs with smoke that drifts across that blue bridge?

Bring your visions for black and brown joy. Drink and talk and eat with us out in the open Philly summer night air.


Pentridge Station


June 3 from 7pm-10 PM

Photos by Karenina Angleró



Warren C. Longmire



Warren Longmire is a fourth generation Philadelphian, an expert level whistler, a pushcart nominee, former spoken word editor for Apiary Magazine. He’s been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolarity, Eleven Eleven and has two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True. He is splitting his time between web programming, watch Desus and Mero youtube clips and writing tumblr poems about the limit of 1/x. You can find his writings, visual art, videos and sounds at dountiltrue.tumblr.com and soundcloud.com/wclongmire.


Grisel Y. Acosta



Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta, Associate Professor in the English Department at Bronx Community College, has published her work in The Routledge Companion to Latino Literature, American Studies Journal, Dialogo, African American Women’s Language, The Handbook on Latinos and Education, Western American Literature, BASTA: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women, The Reproductive Freedom Anthology, In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of Color, the forthcoming Lauryn Hill Reader, and many others. She is a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Poet, an Honorary Macondo Fellow, a Creative Capital scholar, and a member of The Aspen Institute, a democratic think tank. Last year, she was awarded Faculty of the Year by the Association of Latino Faculty and Staff at BCC.


Kassidi Jones



Kassidi Jones (she/her) is a poet representing Connecticut. She is a PhD student at Yale University, studying English and African American Studies, a 2017 Callaloo fellow, and a self-proclaimed Scrabble master. Formerly a member of The Excelano Project, UPenn’s premier spoken word poetry group, her work can be found in Black Napkin Press and Winter Tangerine.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo



Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. prize (BOA editions 2018). His first chapbook, DULCE, was chosen by Chris Abani as the winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize published by Northwestern University Press. His memoir, Children of the Land is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He holds a B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He cofounded the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” award. His work has appeared or is featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, People Magazine, PBS Newshour, Fusion TV, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Marysville, California and teaches at the Ashland University MFA program.


Denice Frohman



Denice Frohman is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter TangerineNepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books), and has garnered over 10 million views online. She has featured at over 200 colleges; hundreds of high schools, non-profits, and cultural arts spaces; and at The White House in 2016. She has a Master’s in Education and currently tours the country.


Vincent Toro



Vincent Toro is the author of Stereo.Island.Mosaic, which was awarded the Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Ahsahta Press and the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America. He earned an MFA in poetry from Rutgers and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. Toro is the recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Caribbean Writer’s Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize, and the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. His poems have been published in the Buenos Aires Review, Codex, Rattle, Cortland Review, Vinyl, Hawai’I Review, Washington Square Review, Paterson Review, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Toro teaches at Bronx Community College and is a writing liaison at The Cooper Union Saturday Program, as well as a poet in the schools for the Dreamyard Project and the Dodge Poetry Foundation.


Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela



Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela is a writer, editor, community college professor and sometimes DJ. Her poetry and prose have been supported by many rad people and projects including:  VONA, Lambda Literary, The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Make/shift, As Us Journal, The Rust Belt Rising, APIARY, Aster(ix), Solstice, The Acentos Review, Mad House, HOLD, boneless, skinless, Bedfellows, and Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Soberscove 2016).