Poemhood: Our Black Revival : History, Folklore & the Black Experience: A Young Adult Poetry Anthology

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This powerful, breathtaking Black YA poetry anthology edited by Amber McBride, National Book Award finalist for Me, Moth; Taylor Byas; and Erica Martin celebrates Black poetry, folklore, and culture and creates vital conversations about race, belonging, history, and faith. Starring thirty-seven poets, with contributions from acclaimed authors including Ibi Zoboi, Ashley Woodfolk, Kwame Alexander, Nikki Giovanni, Antwan Eady, and more.

Celebrating Black culture and folklore, these dynamic poems capture conversations about race, belonging, history, and faith, highlighting Black joy and pain, from an award-winning, bestselling group of Black voices, past and present. This collection is dazzling, powerful, and truly exceptional!

Amber McBride is currently an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She received her MFA in poetry from Emerson College in 2012. She also served as the media assistant at the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Her poetry has appeared in various literary magazines, including PloughsharesProvincetown ArtsWillow Springs, the Cincinnati Review, the Rumpus, and others. She has been nominated twice for Best on the Net awards. Her debut YA novel in verse, Me (Moth), was a finalist for the Morris Award and National Book Award in Children’s Literature and won the John Steptoe–Coretta Scott King Award. Her sophomore novel in verse, We Are All So Good at Smiling, received four starred reviews.

Erica Martin is a freelance editor and a poet. Her debut poetry collection, And We Rise, was an ABA Indies Introduce selection as well as an ABA Indie Next pick. She has been featured by Oprah Daily and enjoys making a difference in the world through political activism, reading, and writing. When she’s not reading and writing, you can find her editing, baking pies, or watching The Vampire Diaries for the millionth time.

Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the first-place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. She is the author of the chapbooks Bloodwarm and Shutter and her debut full-length collection, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times. She is also a coeditor of the forthcoming The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume X: Alabama.

"This “patchwork quilt of poetry” is cohesive and curated with care, and it belongs in every library and classroom across the country. A rich, thoughtful anthology exploring centuries of Black poetry."—Kirkus (starred review)

"This deep and complex assemblage of Black poetry culminates in a joyful, painful, and emotionally rich experience." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An eclectic mix of Black experiences fills this unmatched anthology that features both modern poets, such as Nikki Giovanni and Ibi Zoboi, and 'the brilliant Black poets who are now ancestors'... A fresh canon for poetry studies." -Booklist (starred review)

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