every diaspora poem is about mangos

Kresge Arts in Detroit matched the 2021 Kresge Artist Fellows with local filmmakers to co-create 20 short films that culminated in the special, Spotlight Detroit: Short Films Featuring the 2021 Kresge Artist Fellows.

It was my sincere delight to work with Reel Clever Films to bring the poem "every diaspora poem is about mangos" (read it here!) to life as a short film. This poem, which uses both erasures and replacement to replicate the disruptions of assimilation, is featured in my forthcoming collection, SOFIAS, winner of the Tiran Burrell Chapbook Prize, is available this Fall from Knights Library.

In April, One Detroit interviewed Kresge Arts in Detroit Director, Christina deRoos,  KAF21 Film Series Producer, Donald Harrison,  KAF21 Film Series Filmmaker, Na--and me--about the the creations this program brought to life. To see a full breakdown of credits and film specs, please click here.