Join us on Zoom for our monthly virtual Open Mic. Hosted by poet Nia McAllister, participate in an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing local, national, and international poets. All are welcome to either perform or just watch.
KB is from Stop Six, Fort Worth, Texas. They are a Black queer transmasculine poet, essayist, and cultural worker. They have words published or forthcoming in Teen Vogue, American Poetry Review, Autostraddle, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Their chapbook How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022) won the Saguaro Poetry Prize. KB has earned fellowships with PEN America, Lambda Literary, The Watering Hole, African American Leadership Institute - Austin, and elsewhere.
Their cultural work spans six years. In that time, KB founded and led two nonprofits (Interfaces and Embrace Austin). They have also contributed to initiatives such as Austin’s first LGBTQIA+ quality of life survey and inclusion of chosen names on the University of Texas at Austin diplomas, among others. Currently, they are project lead for Winter Storm Project, an arts anthology and workshop series inspired by 2021 Texas winter storm Uri.
KB is a 3x Best of Net nominee and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their debut full-length poetry collection, Freedom House, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in 2023. Follow them on twitter/instagram at @earthtokb and subscribe to their sporadic opinions on politics/culture through their newsletter Out of This World. They live in Austin, TX where they are writing books and trying their best.
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