About the Artist

 

Faylita Hicks (pronouns: she/her/they) is a queer black writer/mobile photographer, the Managing Editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019).

Artist Statement

Background

Accolades

She is a 2019 Lambda Literary Writing Retreat Fellow for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts “Culture, Too” Gender/Sexuality Fellow. She received Catapult's Inaugural 2019 Black History Month Workshop Scholarship and was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award, the 2018 PEN American Writing for Justice Fellowship, and the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Annual Poetry Prize. In June 2019, she released ONYX, her spoken word companion EP for her debut poetry collection, HoodWitch.

The 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam, she was a member of the 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam Team and won several individual regional competitions. Her visual art has been exhibited in the Texas State University Gallery of the Common Experience, Insomnia Gallery in Houston and featured in Five:2:One print magazine.

Faylita is the Founder/Creative Director of Arrondi Creative Productions and an artist on the roster for hip-hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment. In 2017, she was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grant for her monthly event series, SMTX Ripple Market, which provided performance and exhibit opportunities to women, POC, and those identified as LGBTQ-IA.   

Her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Slate, Huffington Post, Texas Observer, POETRY magazine, Foundry, Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Rockvale Review, Prairie Schooner, Lunch Ticket, Matador Review, and others.

She received her MFA in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency program and lives in San Marcos, Texas. She is currently at work on a memoir.

 Representation: #amquerying

Photo by Christopher Cardoza. 2019.

Photo by Christopher Cardoza. 2019.