VIRTUAL - jessica Care moore - WE WANT OUR BODIES BACK

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 1:00pm

This event will take place on Zoom. To RSVP, email

Brazos Bookstore in partnership with Project Row Houses presents: jessica Care moore - WE WANT OUR BODIES BACK

Join us for an author event with jessica Care moore, including a reading, discussion, and audience Q&A.

jessica Care moore will be in conversation with Emerson Zora Hamsa.

A dazzling full-length collection of verse from one of the leading spoken word poets of our time.
Over the past two decades, jessica Care moore has become a cultural force as a spoken word artist, performer, publisher, activist, and critic. Reflecting her transcendent electric voice, this searing poetry collection is filled with moving, original stanzas that speak to both Black women’s creative and intellectual power, and express the pain, sadness, and anger of those who suffer constant scrutiny because of their gender and race. Fierce and passionate, jessica Care moore argues that Black women spend their lives building a physical and emotional shelter to protect themselves from misogyny, criminalization, hatred, stereotypes, sexual assault, objectification, patriarchy, and death threats.

We Want Our Bodies Back is an exploration—and defiant stance against—these many attacks.

jessica Care moore is the founder and CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation. An internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist, and producer, she is the 2013 Alain Locke Award recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Versus the Ghetto, and Love is Not the Enemy, a memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary collections and she has performed on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the London Institute for Contemporary Arts. jessica lives and writes in downtown Detroit with her son.

Emerson Zora Hamsa is a lifelong reader her credits reading the works of Black women writers for repeatedly saving her life. Zora’s love of the Afro-American literary tradition, and a deep appreciation for its mystical underpinnings, led her to seminary in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) and wrote a thesis titled “All We Have is Flesh: Womanist Spirituality and the Literary Imagination of Octavia Estelle Butler.” Currently, Zora is a doctoral researcher in the English Department at Rice University in Houston.

Zora’s research fields are 19th Century and 20th Century United States literature and African-American literature. She is at work on a dissertation project that explores memory, black mothering, spatial affect, and speculative plantation discourse in post-slavery American literature. Zora teaches a Fall 2019 undergraduate literature course at Rice University titled “Black Women and the Afterlives of Slavery: An Introduction to African-American Literature,” a course that provides an introduction to the Afro-American literary tradition through critical examination of narrative represetnations of gender(s), with specific attention to Black women and Black girls and their relationship to Black life in the wake of slavery. Check out Zora’s Instagram at @zorahzora and on Twitter at @zorafuture.

We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062955289
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Published: Amistad - March 31st, 2020