A reading by Khalisa Rae, Brody Parrish Craig, Emily Rose Cole, Jordan E. Franklin, and David Donna.

This is a recording of an Open Mouth Poetry Festival 2021 reading. An ASL interpreter was present and the video is captioned. Kaveh Bassiri also read but asked not to be recorded.

David Donna’s poems have appeared in Radar Poetry, The Shore, Ibbetson Street, and elsewhere. They live in Massachusetts, where they write code and poetry by turns.

Emily Rose Cole is the author of Thunderhead, a collection forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press, and Love & a Loaded Gun, a chapbook of persona poems in women’s voices from Minerva Rising Press. She has received awards from Jabberwock Review, Philadelphia Stories, The Orison Anthology, and the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Best New Poets 2018, Poet Lore, and the Los Angeles Review, among others. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.

Brody Parrish Craig is the author of Boyish (Omnidawn Publishing, 2021), the winner of the 2019 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook contest. They are the editor of Twang, an anthology of TGNC+ creatives from the south/midwest, which was awarded a 2018 Artists 360 Practicing Artist grant. Their poetry may be found online at Crab Fat Magazine, Hobart andTypo, amongst other places. Their first full length poetry collection will be published with Omnidawn in Fall 2024.

Jordan E. Franklin is a poet from Brooklyn, NY. An alumna of Brooklyn College, she earned her MFA from Stony Brook Southampton where she served as a Turner Fellow. Her work has appeared in the Southampton Review, Breadcrumbs, easy paradise, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Frontier, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize offered by the North American Review, and a finalist of both the 2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest, and the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection, when the signals come home, was selected as the winner of the 2020 Gatewood Prize and was published by Switchback Books in March 2021. Her poetry chapbook, boys in the electric age, was published by Tolsun Books in August 2021.

Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet, activist, and journalist based in Durham, NC. She is the Gen Z Culture Editor at Blavity News and the author of debut collection- Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat from Red Hen Press 2021. Her articles appear in Vogue, Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her power-packed poetry in Electric Lit, Pinch, Tishman Review, Frontier Poetry, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. Currently, she serves as Asst. Editor of Glass Poetry, co-founder of Think in Ink and the Women of Color Speak reading series. Her second collection, Unlearning Eden is forthcoming from White Stag Publishing in 2022.