Next Show: Fall Nov. 6th  


Friday November 6, 2020

ONLINE via Zoom  Webinar

Show Time: 7:00 pm

Registration Required -

Join Soul Sister Revue for its online Fall event where we ask “What does Soul meant to you?” Readers include Toi Derricotte (“I” New and Selected Poems), Anastacia Renee (v.), Steven Leyva (The Understudy’s Handbook), Safia Jama (Notes on Resilience), and Natalie Wee (Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines).

The reading is free but registration is required!

Social distancing doesn't mean isolation and we can't wait to see you!


Toi Derricotte’s sixth collections of poetry, “I“ New and Selected Poems, was published in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award.  Other books of poetry include The Undertaker’s Daughter, Tender, and Captivity.  She also wrote the literary memoir The Black Notebooks, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  She has been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, a Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists, and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. With Cornelius Eady, Derricotte co-founded the Cave Canem Foundation.  She is Professor Emerita from University of Pittsburgh and a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


Anastacia Renee is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker and podcaster. She is a 2020 Arc Fellow(4Culture) and Jack Straw Curator. Renee is the recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington Artist (2018), Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), and Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House (2015-2017). Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Ragdale, Mineral School, and The New Orleans Writers Residency. She is the author of two full length books, (v.) and Forget It and her poems and essays have been anthologized in: Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden, and  Seismic, Seattle City of Literature. Renee's poetry and fiction have appeared in Spark, Foglifter, Auburn Avenue, Catapult, Alta, Pinwheel, The Fight and the Fiddle, Crab Creek Review, Glow, The A-Line, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, Ms. Magazine and many more. 


Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.


Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish American mother in Queens, New York. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she has published poetry in PloughsharesRHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl, and No Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s Shades of US series. Jama is the author of Notes on Resilience, which was selected for the New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set series (Akashic Books 2020).


Natalie Wee is a queer community-builder and the author of Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines. She is the winner of the 2019 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest for poetry and a finalist for the Best of the Net. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, she is currently a settler in Tkaronto.

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