Desiree Bailey will be sharing work from Of the Sweet Waters, a deep-sea poetic exploration of mermaids, black female divinity and the Haitian Revolution. It reimagines the sojourn of Africans over land and sea, questioning the boundaries of bondage, witness and exultation.
Laura Brown-Lavoie will be sharing work from The Farmer and the Selky, a fable, or the two sets of clothes in one woman's closet. It tells of the brief romance between a seal-woman and the farmer she meets on a Rhode Island beach. A mix of poetry, song, dialogue, and Craigslist posts, the story attempts a love beyond captivity, though caught between the land and sea.