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Kevin Simmonds

Years: 2003, 2004, 2006


Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician and filmmaker originally from New Orleans. His books include Mad for Meat, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof. He's performed his music throughout the US, Japan, the UK and the Caribbean. His musical works include HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, winner of a 2009 Emmy Award, Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country which opened the 2006 Poetry International at London's Royal Festival Hall, and Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse which debuted at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival. His genre-defying films Singing Whitman and feti(sh)ame have played internationally, including festivals in the US, China and Spain.


He has received fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, Jack Straw, and San Francisco Arts Commission.  He lives in San Francisco and northern Japan.




My mother dies overweightlegs tight with fluida rash crusted beneath her socksmy Mississippi stepfather on his oxygen machineplaying the lotterytoothless but with gumsthat crack nutsclean rib bonesforget what once stood sharp& tore meatchewed rice my mother cooked to tenderbithis tonguebefore he called me

faggotSoon mama will bequeath this slow drip that dulls rememberingleave me toothlessmad for meat