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Samiya Bashir

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Samiya Bashir is the author of "Gospel" and "Where the Apple Falls", a finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir edited two groundbreaking anthologies: "Best Black Women’s Erotica 2" and "Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art". She has published three chapbook poetry collections: "Wearing Shorts on the First Day of Spring", "American Visa" and "Teasing Crow". Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, a writers festival for LGBT writers of African descent, and is an alumni fellow of Cave Canem: African American Poetry Workshop/Retreat. She has served as James Cody Scholar for the James Dick Foundation for the Arts and as Writer in Residence at SoulMountain; Bashir is currently Artist in Residence with The Austin Project. Her poetry, stories, articles, essays and editorial work have been widely published.
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Join us as we discuss her latest book "Gospel" an ecumenical resistance song in four parts. We enter at the crossroads, tripped up by trickster deity Eshu-Elegba. A chorus of crows, led by Norse god Odin’s raven messengers Hugin & Munin, guides us into each movement. In this passionate follow-up to 2005’s Lambda Literary Award finalist, Where the Apple Falls, Bashir’s poems challenge truth to stare down the power of fear and paralysis.

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