FALL 2022


Celebrating artistic excellence in the African Diaspora online and beyond!

Join us for #LetsPlay—Obsidian’s Playground Issue Launch!

  • DEC 14 @ 7PM CT – A reading and conversation celebrating Obsidian 48.2
    FEATURING Ebony E. Chinn & Kenning JP García
    Moderated by Duriel E. Harris 

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    About the Artists

    Sheree L. Greer

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    Ebony E. Chinn is from New Jersey. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lolwe, DIAGRAM, Frontier Poetry, Narrative, and Callaloo.

    Michal MJ Jones

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    Kenning JP García is an asexual diarist, humorist, performer, and antipoet. Xe is the author of With (Really Serious Literature) and is an editor at Rigorous and Dream Pop Press.

    Duriel E. Harris, Editor, Obsidian

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    Duriel E. Harris is a writer, performer, artist, and scholar. She is author of three critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), Drag (2003), and Amnesiac: Poems (2010). Multi-genre works include the one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, the video collaboration Speleology (2011), and the sound+image project “Blood Labyrinth.” Cofounder of The Black Took Collective, Harris is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Illinois State University and Editor in Chief of the award-winning publishing platform Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

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