Photo credit: Freshwater Photography
*the found poems in this section are adapted from two of the 300 pages of oral
histories of Latino/as and African Americans in Saginaw, Michigan collected and
compiled by Dr. Michelle S. Johnson in a project called Community Spaces of the
the 15th & the 1st—Found Poem #2 A.R.9-9-99
farming? what kind of
small scale just to support his family
cotton, corn hay . . . we raised
sweet potatoes Sugar cane molasses hogs and my mother
raised a lot of chickens and let’s see. milk cows sell the milk.
he would come by a little money And then the
15th and 1st
they would pay him for the milk
twice a month.
Denise Miller is a poet and mixed media artist whose work reflects conscious survival for herself and for individuals living in an “ism” driven culture. Her poetry and art are practices that merge activism, spirituality and craft that draws from and re-shapes cultural currents. Currently, Miller is working on a collection of poems that identify and interrogate the ways that people live out how the body evolves in the absence of peace, how the body navigates when the fiduciary/fixed points are sound and violence, and what people reflect or sound back in its presence.
Her publications include poems in Dunes Review, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine . She’s the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Her newest book, Core, released from Willow Books in November 2015 has been nominated for a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Additionally, one of her poems from a collection in progress has also been nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. More of her work can be found at www.makedo.weebly.com.
librecht baker. Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble member. Kouman Kele Dance and Drum Ensemble memeber. MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. VONA/Voices & Lambda Literary Fellow. Sundress Publications’ Assistant Editor. Poetry in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices & CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape. Currently, birthing & manifesting.