“Courage is not acting without anxiety or fear; it is acting in the face of it.” — Staceyann Chin
Award-winning poet, performer, novelist and activist Staceyann Chin has just published her first anthology of poems. She has been featured on Broadway, HBO and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Her latest one woman show, MotherStruck, was adapted for film and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019.
In this episode, Laura interviews Chin about the anthology, Crossfire, and her relationship to a cannon dominated by white men. Despite her success, Chin says that until recently she didn’t see herself as a real poet, a poet worthy of an anthology, because her work centers her experiences as a lesbian and a Jamaican national of mixed Chinese and African descent.
Laura and Chin unpack the stories behind belief and Chin gives a riveting performance of poems from Crossfire.
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