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zakia henderson-brown

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zakia henderson-brown is the author of What Kind of Omen Am I, winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Cate Marvin. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and has received additional fellowships and support from Poets House, the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo Journal, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She has served as an organizer and advocate at various organizations working on issues of police accountability, drug policy reform, workers’ rights, and gender equity, and is an emerita board member of the Brooklyn Movement Center, where she co-founded the anti-gendered and sexualized street harassment collective No Disrespect. She currently serves as an editor at the nonprofit publisher The New Press, where the authors she has worked with include Pulitzer Prize finalist Bernice Yeung (In a Day’s Work), Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law (Prison by Any Other Name), Manuel Pastor (State of Resistance), Laura Gómez (Inventing Latinos), Erik Nielson and Andrea L. Dennis (Rap on Trial), and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste). henderson-brown is a Brooklyn native and loyalist.

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