Kith & Kin is a reading series started in 2014 to promote Queens poets and to provide home for poetry in the outer boroughs. Hosted by Adam DeGraff and Tyler Burba, the series features two to three readers, introducing them with music and recitation.
You can see clips of the series on our website: http://www.nykithkin.com/
LeFrak City, Queens native Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Strut (Agape Editions), Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Listen up!, BOMB, Black Renaissance Noire, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Golden Shovel, The Breakbeat Poets, and The Breakbeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic. She has performed poetry and taught in the United States, Namibia, The Netherlands, Belgium, and England. Her work is the subject of the film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Ekere is the mother of three galaxies who look like daughters. www.ekeretallie.com
Omotara James is a poet, essayist and editor. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her debut full length collection, Mama Wata, is forthcoming in the Fall of 2018 from Siren Songs, of CCM press. She has been award fellowships from Cave Canem and Lambda Literary. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared in The Recluse, Nat.Brut, Arkansas International, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Seventh Wave and elsewhere. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU and a poetry editor at American Chordata.