The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic

The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic

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Editors: Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods

Publisher: Haymarket Books (2018)

Contributors: Fayise Abrahim, Elizabeth Acevedo, Hiwot Adilow, Kemi Alabi, Justice Ameer, Destiny O. Birdsong, Ariana Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Rio Cortez, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Ajanae Dawkins, Athena Dixon, Safia Elhillo, Eve L. Ewing, Naomi Extra, Camonghne Felix, Aracelis Girmay, Whitney Greenaway, Thabisile Griffin, Alysia  Nicole Harris, Marwa Helal, Destiny Hemphill, Niki Herd, Eboni Hogan, JP Howard, Candice Iloh, Ra Malika Imhotep, Raych Jackson, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Kiandra Jimenez, Kz, E'mon Lauren, Lin-Z, Nabila Lovelace, Venessa Marco, Roya Marsh, Syretta McFadden, Nina Angela Mercer, Ciara Miller, Aja Monet, Yesenia Montilla, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Angel Nafis, nonae, Noname, Thiahera Nurse, Porsha, Toluwanimi Obiwole, Morgan Parker, Rachelle M. Parker, Alexa Patrick, Xandria Phillips, Natalie Rose Richardson, Brittany Rogers, Simone Savannah, Diamond Sharp, Idrissa Simmonds, Patricia Smith, Alexis Smithers, Bianca Lynne Spriggs, Ebony Stewart, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Crystal Valentine, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Maya Washington, Lauren Whitehead, Candace G. Wiley, Jamila Woods.

Black Girl Magic continues and deepens the work of the first BreakBeat Poets anthology by focusing on some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This anthology breaks up the myth of hip-hop as a boys’ club, and asserts the truth that the cypher is a feminine form.

“These dense, entrancing, necessary works by more than 60 black women poets create a black-girl-centric world of their own. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic is a well-rounded look at what it means to be a black woman and in the process serves as a platform for our voices and bodies, revealing our maneuvers through the world as deeply relevant to and deserving of literary space.”

Chicago Reader

“An enthralling, deep, beautiful and heartbreaking dive into the world of Black women. Black Girl Magic offers an insightful and necessary look at what it means to be black, resolute and have a platform to share it loud and proudly.”