SA Smythe

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SA Smythe (they/them) is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Black European literary & cultural studies and Black trans poetics at UCLA. They are deeply invested in the coalitional project of Black life, Black study, and relishing other nonbinary experiences. Smythe is completing a collection of poetry, titled proclivity, about trans embodiment, emancipation, and a familial history of Black migration (between Jamaica, Britain, and Costa Rica). Their poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Stranger’s Guide, We Have Never Asked Permission to Sing: Poetry Celebrating Trans Resilience, The Johannesburg Salon, Catapult, Feminist Wire, okayafrica, and elsewhere.


Cover Photo: Photographs by Raymond T, Thought Catalogue, Daniel Tuttle, and Mélissa Jeanty/Unsplash
Choose Your Quarantine House (I – IV)

under the dark sitting pretty / on the patch of hardwood floor / where confession / and callousness meet

Dec 02, 2020