Anastacia-Reneé is the current Seattle Civic Poet and former 2015-2017 Hugo House Poet-in-Residence. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent artist. In addition to (v.), she is the author of Forget It (Black Radish Press), Answer (Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and fiction have been published widely.
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Anastacia-Reneé's (v.) broils the alphabet with accents of Zora and bobby pins and tangled braids; she is busy here melding a blackgirl womansong with a backbeat of black jesus and barbie heads; she is weaving a ghosted blues of cop cars and sparrow eyes; she is translating a language of pain to a semaphore of power. Open these pages and "un-fly yourself/ upward to the moonlight/ christen your feet/ within a wrecked nest..." and witness a unique voice that has come into its own.
—Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize
The titles alone suggest the inventiveness of this terrific new book: “An Incomplete Inventory of What You Are Made of," "Essay Test Questions," "Psalms from a 16-Year-Old’s Life Bible." The poems of Anastacia-Reneé synthesize voice and body; prayer and meditation; politics and play; love and sexuality. Even poetic form is synthesized with monologues, glossaries, prose, and fragments. The lyrical, conceptual and formal experiments of (v.) are daring and breathtaking. This is a wonderful collection.
—Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award