Poem by Jamillia Kaye, printed by Meshwork Press. Jamillia Kaye commissioned us to print these posters last year but we love the poem so much, we wanted to provide a platform to get it out into the world. All proceeds will go directly to Jamillia Kaye.
Sometimes you just gotta do stuff, make it up as you go, lean into adventure and gut and not wait until everything is ideal. It's a radical invitation that brings more voices to the table. Thanks for including us in this adventure, Jamillia!
More about the artist:
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.
Colors: Metallic blue ink printed on pale pink 140# cover stock.