Beginning with the second issue of Volume 24, Feminist Formations began a permanent section of the journal devoted to contemporary feminist poetry. We call it “Poesía.” We wanted to push at the bounds of academic knowledge production to make space for creative writers whose work can help us to see, learn, and experience from fresh angles. Following the work of both Raymond Williams and Audre Lorde, we believe that “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” but a technique of feminist worldmaking.
Issue 29.3 features the poetry of Minal Hajratwala, whose books include Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, and Out! Stories from the New Queer India. She co-founded The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and created Write Like a Unicorn to help writers tap their magic.
Issue 29.2 features poetry by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, who is a Black feminist love evangelist of Afro-Caribbean ascendance who lives in Durham, North Carolina. Alexis is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. She is widely published in the fields of Black feminist literature, mothering and diaspora. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.