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Jari Bradley


Jari Bradley (pronouns they/them) is a black genderqueer poet and scholar from San Francisco, California with a masters degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Jari has received fellowships from Callaloo and Cave Canem. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Hot Metal Bridge, Nomadic Ground Press, Virginia Quarterly Review and BOAAT Journal. 

The foundation of their current literary practice is the disruption of silence surrounding black genderqueer/masculine of center voices. Black genderqueer and masculine presenting women’s perspectives are traditionally ostracized from the mainstream articulation of the black experience. They write to expand the discourse of the black body which is often symbolized as that of the tortured black male. To achieve this, they write through personal narratives of trauma, memory, and their own masculine of center/butch/genderqueer identity, which serves as disruption to traditional depictions of black womanhood and the black experience within an American context.

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