Khalisa Rae

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Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet and journalist based in Durham, NC. She is the author of the debut collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021). Her essays and articles are featured in Autostraddle, LitHub, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, Carousel, HOBART, among others. Currently, she serves as Assistant Editor for Glass Poetry and co-founder of Think in Ink and the Women of Color Speak reading series. Her second collection Unlearning Eden is forthcoming from White Stag Publishing in 2022.


Cover Photo: A black-and-white screencap of singer Jazmine Sullivan facing the camera but looking above it, mouth gritted, with silver dangling earrings, thick, false eyelashes, and a voluminous hairstyle.
How Heaux Tales Taught Me to Shed Shame

Like Jazmine Sullivan’s “The Other Side,” a song from her latest EP, Heaux Tales, I saw a life outside the confines of conservatism—the length of my skirt and the policing of what I was allowed to say and do.

Jun 08, 2021