This episode features poet and author of BlackGirl Mansion Angel Nafis, and two up-and-coming poets from NY Writers Coalition’s Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Program, Najaya Royal and Tema Regist. In a rare sit-down in NYWC’s offices, this dynamic trio share what writing rituals help them put pen to paper and the personal experiences that feed their craft.
Angel Nafis is from Ann Arbor, MI and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall,Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine. She has participated in Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam and is an Urban Word NYC Mentor. Angel lives in Brooklyn and founded the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon Reading Series. She also eats insane amounts of dark chocolate + sea salt, hides out in her room making mobiles for grown folks, and listens to the same Prince song over and over. Check out Angel’s Tumblr here — catch her and dozens other youth writers from Fort Greene Park at the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival! Click here for more information.
CREDITS: This podcast episode was recorded and produced by NYWC Volunteer Corps member Celeste Kaufman. Celeste is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She’s a food columnist for the Park Slope Reader, and her work has appeared in BUST Magazine, Time Out New York, and elsewhere on the web. Music from this episode comes from “Manhattan” by Cat Power.