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I’m a troublemaking socialite who spends her days spinning and telling tales about the universe and its many wonders, and oversharing my ongoing inner monologues as I bare my soul and other things for the whole wide Internet to see. When I’m not stirring up shit, I am the not-at-a-respectable namesake of the Alexis P. Morgan Fellowship for Emerging Voices of Color, a fellowship started in my honor in the spring of 2018. We have hopes of it one day becoming the MacArthur Grant of young writers of color. That probably won't mean much until I'm well into my 30s, but it’s still a wild honor to have an award named after you.
My favourite beverage is entitled white male tears on the rocks with a chaser of fat babe in a crop top. I'm a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon, Leo Rising, with an Aries Midheaven and a no-joke Capricorn North Node. My Internet Certified Archnemesis™ is Gary Vaynerchuk. I’m a sucker for anything salted caramel or mocha, especially salted caramel mocha frappes. I’m a practicing völva, espiritista, & rootworker. And last but not least, I am also the proud daughter of Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Dominique LaBaw (who is also my editor!), and the granddaughter of internationally renowned muralist, Isaka Shamsud-Din.
Devoted to Truth, Justice, and Liberation, I live in the spirit of my foremothers: Unbossed. Unbought. Unbothered.
Current Residence: The Windy City (Chicago, Illinois, USA) /// Desired Residence: A Beautiful Wild Somewhere (Washington State, USA)
Like my previous branding incarnation - The Church of St. Felicia - the symbolism is many levels thick and well thought out, not just provocateuring for provocateuring’s sake (although that’s fun, and sometimes I do that!) Here’s a run-down:
I have a stellium in Scorpio (ruler of the 8th house, which is the domain of transformation, healing, sex, finances, death, the occult, power, etc., all the shit), sitting in my 4th house, which is your family and your roots. I am literally rooted in death, sex, and taxes.
I was also born during the time of the year when the Dead are traditionally honored (I was the night before Halloween, and celebrate on Halloween), in the middle of harvest and humping season. My actual birth is also tangentially related in very potent + specific + private ways to all three of these topics in ways that had significant impact on me as a person from childhood through to my adult years.
It's also a clown on the fact that my writing topics trend towards the controversial as fuck and basically everything I word-vomit about is in some way connected back to one of those topics, or is generally just considered a topic you don't discuss in ~polite~ society or company.
I have a deep interest in axiology (the philosophical study of value - i.e., ethics and aesthetics), which is all tangled up in discussing Big Questions related to death, sex, and taxes.
Death, sex, and taxes all represent conceptual values (The unknown & change; vulnerability, intimacy + pleasure; community, power, and value) that are repeat themes in my world and work.
Annnnd the weirdest reason of all is that I am a devotee of La Santisima Muerte, and my website was originally (and still is) designated as a shrine to her in my magical practice. It was only a matter of time, ha.
Great question. I wear several hats ‘round these here parts:
I am a reader-funded microblogger, blogger, and creative - I use social media as a platform for my creative expression and to build awareness + community for Black and Brown voices, liberatory world-building, and fantastic art. My readers also fund the creation of, and get behind-the-scenes content for, several serial content projects: Wu-Tang Clam, Hoodoo Sugar, Please Don’t Be My Neighbor, and The Wyrd We’re Weaving.
I am a practicing seer-sorceress and priestess - I am a völva (Nordic-Germanic seer-sorceress; witch) who practices a variety of spiritual crafts, including seidh work and rune readings which are intended to help you accomplish your goals and live in harmony with Fate and Nature. Outside of that path-specific role, I am accomplished diviner who has an ever-deepening and broad set of skills and experience within my spiritual traditions and with more general tools.
I’m a writing consultant - I provide writing critiques & editing for science fiction & fantasy short stories, creative nonfiction, and personal correspondence that’s delicate in nature.
And when I’m not doing any of the above, I write books, teach courses + workshops, and sell art - Check out the links under the Boutique tab to peruse my collection of products, courses, workshops, and art available for purchase.
My goal as a creative and community figure is to model what it means to retrieve beauty from suffering, which I consider to be a fundamental aspect of building interdependent, sustainable, and liberated society that doesn’t fall prey to greed, exclusionary/oppressive politics, fear, and violence.
I have tenacious faith in the capacity of human beings to embody, create, and build around an appreciation and deeper understanding of Truth, Justice, and Liberation. While my clients and readers are as varied as the colors of the wind, my hell yeah people are unapologetic lovers of contradictions, who actively seek to soften the rigidity of their assumptions, and to explore what goodness, truth, and beauty mean in a world that is constantly changing, withering, and chaotic, both for themselves + their work and for how they want to show up in everything they do.
My career - published and unpublished - spans 18 years of daily 1,500+ word scribbles and your standard winding trail of a multipotentialite. I am also currently working towards a getting a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State University with a concentration in Consciousness, Economics & Sociopolitical Philosophy with minors in German and Creative Arts, as well as pursuing a MicroMasters degree from MIT in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. I’m also a student of Randi Buckley’s Healthy Boundaries for Kind People and Dr. Jenn McCabe’s 4 Skills Of Radical Relating.