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Jasmine Sierra

writing on the run.

Location icon United States

Jasmine Sierra is a student of Spalding University pursuing her MFA in poetry, and in the midst of organizing her first collection, AVOIDANT PERSONALITY. Her work has been featured in Winter Tangerine, Vagabond City Literature, Unrooted, and a host of her college publications.

Portfolio

2019

Collective Unrest
05/29/2019
Elegy for the Black Man Who Survived a Police Encounter Today

I thought you were dead when I first saw you. Ghost of my dreams, you are what I see when the news tells me who's laying in their pool of blood this time. But you are not where I imagined, where I thought possible.

Collective Unrest
05/23/2019
One Thousand Women and the Way Home

i wanted to follow them, the women in white. i wanted the women & their billowing dresses to carve a path through the water, ghost- like silk clinging tight to their curves. by now, they perform the ritual of our mothers (and the mothers before them) as memory, greeting sunset with hands laced together.

Monstering
Erased Poem #2

JASMINE SIERRA (she/her) is a queer, polyamorous, black woman and graduate of Oberlin College based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently attending Spalding University for her MFA, and is focused on completing her first, upcoming collection, AVOIDANT PERSONALITY.She has been featured on The Shade Journal, Winter Tangerine, Unrooted, Blackberry Magazine, Neplanta, and Platypus Press.

Collections and Reviews

Platypus Press
12/04/2016
letters to ghosts by Jasmine Sierra

a 2412 chapbook / NÂș4 "With its bewitching imagery and poignant disharmonies, Letters to Ghosts comes as an uncomfortable inquiry into one's identity and how this identity can actually have little or nothing to do with auto-determination."

Etsy / Self
05/15/2016
PARADOX

Handmade chapbook edition of 30 containing sixteen original poems. . Cover design was printed on an iron press; all were hand-bound with thread. Outside material is Stonehedge, inside cover is Krafttone French Press paper, all cut to 11 x 8 1/2. Ships only within the United States.

lex-lee
07/08/2016
Paradox by Jasmine Sierra (A Review)

A. Imagine this: sitting on the wraparound porch of your grandmother's house in the heat of summer. starting on the porch steps licking popsicles with your best friend. planning cookouts and lazy days in the sun. moving to the porch swing as your knees knock together. waiting to be called in for dinner.

Tumblr
08/13/2016
REVIEW: PARADOX BY JASMINE SIERRA

Jasmine Sierra's Paradox reads as a collection of persona poems, each page dedicated to the expression of a single slice of self, the pulsing parts coming together to form a beating, breathing whole. As the name would suggest, it's a glorious study in contradiction: tender and powerful, anxious and queenly, logical and desperate.

2017

the Shade Journal
08/23/2017
myopia of the family portrait

the Shade Journal is an online poetry journal focused on the empowerment of queer people of color (QPOC); publishing poems that inspires, devastates, and howls-

2016

Winter Tangerine
01/31/2016
We Sweat Honeysuckle Anthology

Devoted to exploring the eccentric and the electric, Winter Tangerine presents an anthology from the winter workshop, WE SWEAT HONEYSUCKLE.

VAGABOND CITY
01/25/2016
WHEN I FIRST WENT INTO THE OCEAN I | Jasmine Sierra

felt like a magic woman, magic mouth of the Pacific calling to me 'til she could kiss me on my feet. Asked me how I gone so long without lettin' these feet come to cozy up with the swelling of the shoreline and I said too long 'cause I almost forgot how good the...

InSolidarity
05/29/2016
by any other name.

names have meaning. you cannot call a rose a poppy and have it be the same.

Tumblr / Sapphice Zine
07/15/2016
Avoidant Personality

Featured preview of my work in Lydia Haven's Sapphic Zine, set to ship August 20th!

2015

InSolidarity
12/11/2015
PULSE ( 5x. )

five times i think i heard my heartbeat.

Bodies of Water ( Queer Brown Collective )
06/16/2015
LUST IS...

not ruining myself over your mediocre touch.

Wilder Voice
05/21/2015
THE TRUTH OF IT IS.

witches don't go runnin' with sharp claws, or sharp teeth.

2013 - 2014

InSolidarity
12/11/2014
mermaid tales.

she always dreamed up shades of blue.

InSolidarity
05/01/2014
to the 'other' girl.

i know you wanna blend in but you can't make a wolf out of a sheep.

Unrooted
01/09/2014
Absent

missing from the world, missing from my thoughts.

Blackberry Magazine
12/02/2013
Never Found

he went missing and never came back.

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