1-color, 5 x 7" letterpress printed art print. Ink colors: blue. Letterpress printed on 130# cover light pink stock. Made in Wilkinsburg, PA using a 100+ year old Chandler and Price letterpress machine.
Jamillia commissioned Meshwork Press to design and letterpress print these poetry art prints so all profits from sales will return to Jamillia and her incredible work.
More about the writer:
Born and raised in West Philadelphia by immigrant parents from Liberia, West Africa, Jamillia is a writer and mixed-media artist who co-authored her first poem, “Sparkle Sparkle in the House” with her dad in 1992. Since then, she has used poetry to process experiences, for personal motivation and collective reflection. While attending college at the University of Pittsburgh and during the years immediately after, Jamillia fell in love with melody of spoken word poetry and performed at open mics on campus and at home in Philadelphia on topics including educational equity, writer’s block and growing up.
Since returning to Pittsburgh in 2014, her work has transitioned to pieces which explore the intersections of cultural identity, social impact, systemic injustice, fulfillment and joy. Jamillia invites readers to authentically grapple with power, self-doubt, perfectionism, the opportunity to cultivate a growth practice routed in vulnerability - a trait she has resisted but come to respect - and dreams of a world with space for each of us to revel in.
Connect: @JamilliaKaye on instagram
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I pray you get to the point
where you can afford
to opt out of setting yourself on fire
to keep others warm.
i pray you live long enough to focus
on your joy, not just your survival.
i pray you are able to create
the life you’ve always imagined,
no matter how long it takes or
what you have to overcome.
i pray your cerebellum builds
you the bells needed to ring
at the pitch of your highest vibration.