Faylita Hicks (pronouns: she/her/they) is a black queer writer and the managing editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. 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 in Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award, the 2018 PEN American Writing for Justice Fellowship, and the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Annual Poetry Prize. In 2019 she released ONYX, the spoken word companion EP to her debut poetry collection, HoodWitch, forthcoming October 15, 2019 with Acre Books.
The 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam, she was a member of the 2008 NeoSoul 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 and Insomnia Gallery in Houston and featured in Five:2:One print magazine.
Faylita is the founder and 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, Color Bloq, POETRY magazine, Foundry, Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Lunch Ticket, Matador Review, Rockvale Review, Five:2:One, 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.