I'm excited to have three poems published in oil on my mind: a collective art-based inquiry on grassroots approaches to wellbeing, ecology, and loss in the Southwest! This project asks important questions like the following:
"How does ecological degradation in the Southwest affect our lives? How do we respond—even in extreme mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional states—to the warming world around us? How do we create and perpetuate our reliance to oil and gas, to the pharmaceutical industry, and to other entities that may be maddening (and—at times–life-giving) themselves? Whose lives are most affected by the carcinogenic Gulf Coast?"
The organizers of this project include the rad Houstonian organizers/artists Yudith Nieto of Tejas Barrios and S Rodriguez of Paraspace Books!
Since the American election last month, I've noticed a handful of poetry sites pop up dedicated to providing poetry for the daily work of resistance. Rise Up Review is one such site, and my poem "Resolution" is one of three currently featured on its page. "Resolution" wrangles with my Muslim upbringing in the wake of Islamophobic protests near my childhood home in suburban Dallas. More poetry of resistance is on its way, from Rise Up Review and myself; I'd love to see yours in the comments!
Kenan Ince is a mathematician, poet, and organizer from Denton, TX, living on occupied Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute territory (so-called Salt Lake City). Their work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Pleiades and Word Riot, among others. They are the recipient of scholarships to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Lambda Literary Writers' Retreat and the winner of the Utah Pride Center Poetry & Prose Contest.