This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition…

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More than once, in the midst of a creative block (which for me is truly just a baby step away from full-on existential crisis), I’ve been told by well-meaning writer friends that my block isn’t real. “It’s all in your head,” they say, as if that’s helpful, as if the fact that my blankness resides…

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