Cover Photo: This photograph is of a tree, branching out over a lack. The background of the photograph is sunny, as if taken on a late summer's day.
Photograph courtesy of the author

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This poem was written by Chelsea Williams in a 12-Month Poetry Collection Generator taught by Angel Nafis.

Poetry collection synopsis: Our Nation Sits In the Sky

Chelsea Willams is an emerging poet, screenwriter, photographer, and filmmaker from Chicago, IL. As a multidisciplinary artist, she believes the purpose of art and storytelling is to simultaneously reflect what the world is and to create the world. Her poems have been published in issues of the winter 2018 High Shelf Press and the Anthology In Absentia: Poems for the Pandemic. Her poem “After Sam Cooke” was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Chelsea received her BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.