This month we're shining our feature spotlight to our Sister Spit artists who will hit the road in SPRING 2020!
Mia S. Willis is a Black non-binary poet whose work has been featured by or is forthcoming in The New Southern Fugitives, FreezeRay, Narrative Northeast, Peculiar, Slamfind, and others. In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, and a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project (tdor.co). Their debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books. Connect with Mia on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @poetinthehat.
from the artist
Why do you write? What compels you to write?
I write because silence is antithetical to the survival of my kinfolk.
Describe your work in five words.
Block party in a graveyard.
What are some of your artistic influences/inspirations?
The heady welcome of crab boil. A hallowed dancehall beat. Shit-talking across the spades table. Ashlee Haze. Imani Davis. Asia Bryant-Wilkerson. Ariana Brown. Lindsay Young. The metallic hum of hair clippers. A perfectly rolled blunt. My families, chosen and given.
What upcoming writing projects are you working on?
My first full-length poetry collection is nearing completion, so I am currently balancing its final revisions with background research for a new heroic crown of sonnets about my socio-cultural acquisition and embodiment of masculinity as a Black queer person.