Serious poetry here tonight. An Individual World Poetry Slam Champion who, in her own words, ‘uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas,’ and is an educator and curator, as well as writer and performer, Porsha Olayiwola is here tonight for her charged debut poetry collection, I Shimmer Sometimes, Too (Button Poetry).
"Porsha Olayiwola is unlike any other poet writing today. I Shimmer Sometimes, Too further solidifies her remarkable dexterity as a writer, witness of the world, and observer of herself. Each poem is a lesson, a story, a mirror that Olayiwola holds up to ensure we pay attention to that which we may have overlooked. Put simply, I love this book. I love how it moves, how it sings, how it swings open the doors and invites all of us in." — Clint Smith.
“In language that is both pungent and poignant, Porsha Olayiwola plumbs a diaspora of resilience, rich in ringshouts and inner-city blues chanted to the sky. I Shimmer Sometimes, Too is luminous indeed.” —Jabari Asim.