Tell us about your work
I write poems, sometimes in my journal and sometimes on a typewriter for others. I write about current events, nature, the end of the world, spirits, being brown, being a woman, and being a brown woman. Working with a typewriter creates intimacy through a reciprocal exchange that involves listening and vulnerability between myself and strangers. “Dark Moon” allows me to build emotional connections between and with others, while still (happily) being the quietest person in the room.
How would you describe arts and culture in Dallas?
Arts and culture in Dallas is bursting with potential to be more. It’s like we’re a diver going deeper and deeper into the ocean, seeing all kinds of new life and wonders, but sometimes, right as we approach the deepest part, someone tugs the line for us to go back up to the surface. We’re blessed to have a vocal community of independent artists and cultural workers invested in each other’s future as well as the city’s.
What drew you/what keeps you in Dallas?
As a teenager, I moved to Texas from another state, with family. I’m the oldest of many and I love my parents, so family responsibilities keep me rooted to Dallas.
What are your hopes for the cultural plan?
My hope is for the cultural plan to distribute more power to independent artists unattached to formal institutions. I hope it unifies artists more, within and across disciplines. I hope it creates space for art to happen in neighborhoods and unexpected places. I hope it allows space for more consideration and transparency about the origins of funding and intellectual property. In my version of the cultural plan, people are valued more than the potential for profit, and they’re valued for more than their potential to be walking dollar signs for others.