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Congratulations, Remica Bingham-Risher!

Diode author Remica Bingham-Risher, author of Starlight & Error, will be working with Haley Lynch at Beacon Press Books on her forthcoming memoir, Soul Culture (Summer 2022).

From Publishers Marketplace—

Cave Canem fellow, poet, and essayist Remica Bingham-Risher's SOUL CULTURE: BLACK POETS, BOOKS, AND QUESTIONS THAT GREW ME UP [is] a part-memoir, part-cultural artifact that intertwines personal essays and interviews with distinguished Black poets, such as Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and others to explore the impact of identity, joy, love, and sociohistorical context on Black poetic craft and artistic process in the latter half of the twenty-first century.

Remica Bingham-Risher, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is an alumna of Old Dominion University and Bennington College. She is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Among other journals, her work has been published in the New York Times, the Writer’s Chronicle, New Letters, Callaloo and Essence. She is the author of Conversion (Lotus, 2006) winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013) shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Award and Starlight & Error (Diode, 2017) winner of the Diode Editions Book Award. She is the Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University and resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband and children.


How do we save what’s coming? The love between two people, cut through by error and time, often marks the path for those who follow. In Starlight & Error, the legacies of love between aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, children and their children’s children is re-told through the lens of imagined memory. In the difficult landscape of the present, is black love revolutionary? Are faith and forgiveness? Here, the history of love—fraught with fear and light, war and hunger, distance and gravity—is always asking: how do we transcend the mistakes of those who made us? Can music save us? Can the stars?


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