Joining forces with Farm for the City, We (Too) Are Philly organizers are putting together an event where we can collectively discuss what it looks like to prioritize solidarity over citizenship. The lineup of poets will reflect on how citizenship has often served as a stumbling block for solidarity and how we can work to undo the fascist nationalist rhetoric that reinforces all forms of state violence, within and beyond the confines of the United States.
Farm for the City is a temporary farm-as-art installation in the heart of Center City that will lift up the role community gardeners play in strengthening neighborhoods, spark dialogue on food insecurity, and encourage public engagement in these issues. Made possible with major support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Farm for the City will be open daily from June 15 through September 29, and will feature art, workshops, public forums, and activities, offered mostly in the evening and free and accessible to all. Produce grown at the Farm will be donated to Broad Street Ministry for its Hospitality Collaborative program.
Photos by Ben Felker-Quinn
Feature: Nikki López
nic lópez is a philadelphia-based, boricua poet, writer and dj. Her poems have been described as an “eclectic blend of spanglish hip hop rhythms and puerto rican jabiera bred in the swamplands of Florida.” They are a 2012 Leeway Foundation Arts & Change grant recipient and hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers Newark.
Joey de Jesus
Joey is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Poems have appeared recently in The Literary Review, Brooklyn Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Beloit Poetry Journal, Guernica, and have been installed in The New Museum and Artists Space. Links to their work are available here.
Noor Ibn Najam
Noor Ibn Najam is a Callaloo, Watering Hole, and Pink Door fellow, and all his friends’ teita. His work has been published in the Academy of American Poets, BOAAT, Blueshift Journal, the Texas Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Winter Tangerine, among others. His poetry will be included in the third volume of Bettering American Poetry and his chapbook, Praise to Lesser Gods of Love, will be published as a part of the Glass 2018-19 Chapbook Series.
Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and artist of Yucatec Mayan descent, born in Hollywood, and raised in Van Nuys, CA by his immigrant family. He’s the author of Desgraciado (Econo Textual Objects, 2017), and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless Infinite Light, 2015). His work can be found in Brooklyn Magazine, Dreginald, Entropy, Queen Mobs, The Tiny, The Wanderer, and elsewhere in print, or on the internet. Follow him on Twitter @dandelionglitch or IRL in the redwoods, or ocean.
Paige Quiñones is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Houston, and serves as the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast. She received her MFA from the Ohio State University. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Muzzle Magazine, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.
Jayson P. Smith
Jayson P. Smith is a Bronx-born and raised poet, educator, and curator. A 2017 NYFA Poetry Fellow, Jayson is a recipient of previous support from The Poetry Project, Callaloo, Cave Canem, & Millay Colony for the Arts. Their work appears in publications such as West Branch, NYLON, Gulf Coast, & The Offing. J currently lives/works in Brooklyn as founder of NOMAD Reading Series & teaching artist at 92Y.