Aziza Barnes’s me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun., the winner of the 2012 Button Poetry Prize.
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“Sharp as a set of teeth, illuminating like a bullet hole in a window, Aziza Barnes is a daring and vital voice. Her poems have that rare combination of inviting you in while rewarding you for revisiting her words. She is a poet who understands that writing is bloody and poetry is missed punches in dreamtime. Read these poems and look at her go.”
—Contest Judge Bao Phi, author of Song I Sing
“Aziza Barnes’s voice allows the past to transform the future. And we could all use more of that.”
—Beau Sia, author of The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time
Aziza Barnes is a brown woman poet from Los Angeles currently living in New York. She is a senior at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, pursuing her BFA in theater, creative writing and Africana Studies. She was a member of NYU’s poetry slam teams in 2011 and 2012, winning first place in the nation. A member of the Dance Cartel, Aziza performs in venues around New York and is finishing a residency at the Ace Hotel. She is a co-founder of the Divine Fabrics Collective. This is her first chapbook.