OUR 2019 WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE
Alisha Acquaye is a writer, community organizer and artist with a knack for observing nuances in pop culture, art, music and social and cultural trends. Her work - ranging from creative nonfiction and cultural criticism to op-eds and interviews - explores the relationship between artistic expression and intersectionality. She is particularly interested in how people of color use art and style to reclaim their narratives and the necessity of self care as a formative weapon against oppression. Alisha’s essays have been published in Teen Vogue, GQ, Allure, OkayAfrica, ELLE, The Establishment, Catapult, and more.
Sasha Banks is a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in APOGEE, PBS Newshour, SRPR, FANZINE, Poor Claudia, RHINO, B O D Y Literature, The Collagist, and OBSIDIAN. Sasha is the creator of Poets for Ferguson. She received her MFA at Pratt Institute. She is the author of the forthcoming collection, america, MINE (COIMPRESS 2020).
Jill Louise Busby
Jill Louise Busby is a writer and filmmaker critiquing, imploding, and barrel-laughing at our personal and communal hierarchies; the endlessly-pending and highly-exclusive revolution, identity, and reaction-based illusions of societal progress; and the boundaries that we all place on our lives. Believing a shift away from anti-difference begins with an outpouring of radical, multi-generational, inclusive, and validating honesty, Jill’s work charms audiences just past their limits of comfort, inviting them to seek a new and more genuine freedom in the discomfort of truth.
Fajr Muhammad is a writer born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She recently earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her work has received fellowships from the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop and Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is currently at work on a novel.
Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS News Hour, and BET. International recognition and support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda.