Fall 2022


Celebrating artistic excellence in the African Diaspora online and beyond!

Join us for #ObsidianVoices & Center on Halsted for #LetsPlay—Obsidian’s Playground Issue Launch! 

  • October 7 @ 7PM CT: #LetsPlay—Obsidian’s Playground Issue Launch, a reading and conversation from the GenderQueer/GenreQueer special issue FEATURING Timothy David Rey & Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng. Moderated by Obsidian Editor Duriel E. Harris and Guest Editor Ronaldo V. Wilson.

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    About the Artists

    Sheree L. Greer

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    Timothy David Rey is a Black, LGBTQ+ writer/performer who works in poetry, plays, and monologues (both fictional and autobiographical). He teaches creative writing and performance throughout the city of Chicago and its suburbs. He is the cofounder of the LBGT Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo (2002–2011).

    Michal MJ Jones

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    Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng holds a BA in Industrial Art from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; and an MFA in Ceramics from Illinois State University, USA. His research is inspired by Kente and its history in materiality and explores the communicative potential of fabric and fibers to discuss the experiences and complexities of the diaspora. Japheth has works in the permanent collections of the University Galleries, Normal, Illinois, and other private collections in the United States.

    Shayla Lawz

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    Ronaldo V. Wilson, poet, interdisciplinary artist, and academic, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the Cave Canem Prize; Poems of the Black Object, winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; and Lucy 72. His latest books are Carmelina: Figures and Virgil Kills: Stories. The recipient of numerous fellowships, including Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Ford Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Yaddo, Wilson is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at U.C. Santa Cruz.

    Nandi Comer

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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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