Join Chris, of The Poetry Question, in a one-on-one with KB, author of How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press), about passions, process, pitfalls, and poetry!
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KB Brookins (also known as KB) is a Black/queer/transmasculine poet, essayist, artivist, and cultural worker from Stop Six, Fort Worth, Texas. Their poems are published or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Electric Literature, Cincinnati Review, and other places; their essays are published in Teen Vogue, Autostraddle, and Blavity. KB is the author of How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022), selected by ire’ne laura silva as winner of the 2021 Saguaro Poetry Prize. KB has received Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, along with support from PEN America, Lambda Literary, The Watering Hole, and African American Leadership Institute – Austin, among others.
Their cultural work spans six years. In that time, KB founded and led two nonprofits (Interfaces and Embrace Austin). They have also contributed to many initiatives such as Austin’s first LGBTQIA+ quality of life survey and inclusion of chosen names on the University of Texas at Austin diplomas. Currently, they are project lead for Winter Storm Project, an arts anthology inspired by the 2021 Texas winter storm.
KB’s debut full-length poetry collection, Freedom House, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in 2023. Currently, they are an Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Follow them on twitter/instagram/tiktok at @earthtokb and subscribe to their sporadic opinions and updates through their newsletter Out of This World. They live in Austin, TX where they are working on new projects and trying their best.