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ADVISORY CIRCLE

Tamiko Beyer, Co-Coordinator

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the poetry collections Last Days (2021) and We Come Elemental (2013), and co-editor Poetry As Spellcasting: Poems, Essays, and Prompts for Manifesting Liberation and Reclaiming Power (2023). Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, Black Warrior Review, and Georgia Review. She has received awards from Lambda Literary, PEN America, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. tamikobeyer.com

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Franny Choi, Founder, Co-Coordinator

Franny Choi is a queer, Korean American writer, former organizer, and author of three books: The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (2022), Soft Science (2019), and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (2014). They developed their practice in community with artists and activists in Providence, RI, where they worked on campaigns for police accountability, youth power, and migrant justice. Their poems have been published in the New York Times, the Nation, and the Atlantic. They are Faculty in Literature at Bennington College.

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Noa Isabella, Advisory Circle Member

Noa Isabella is a Black, genderfluid, organizer, educator, and radical peer support coach. they offer trauma-informed social justice-based coaching to folks who are navigating attachment trauma, racist capitalism, and white supremacy in themselves, in their  relationships, and in their leadership. They were a 2022 Witches & Warriors Fellow.

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Aurielle Marie, Advisory Circle Member

Award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural strategist Aurielle Marie is a Black queer storyteller, political organizer, and child of the Deep South by way of Atlanta. Their poetry debut, Gumbo Ya Ya, is the recipient of both the 2020 Cave Canem Prize and the 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, and is out now with the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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MARS Marshall, Advisory Circle Member

MARS is a writer and cultural organizer born and raised in Detroit. Their work has been published in Obsidian Literature & Arts for the African Diaspora, Michigan Quarterly Review: The Mixtape, Foglifter Journal, Gertrude Press, and elsewhere. MARS is a 2021 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow in Poetry and a 2019 Lambda Literary Art Emerging Writers Fellow in Poetry. Former director of the Allied Media Conference, they are the author of the chapbook FLOWER BOI (Gold Line Press).

Lo Kwa Mei-en, Book Fair Coordinator

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books, 2015), The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), and two chapbooks from The Lettered Streets Press and Bloom Books. She lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Claire Schwartz, Advisory Circle Member

Claire Schwartz is the author of the poetry collection Civil Service (Graywolf Press, 2022). Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Granta, The Nation, The New Yorker online, Poetry Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2022 Whiting Award for Poetry and a Pushcart Prize, Claire received her PhD in African American Studies, American Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from Yale. She is the culture editor of Jewish Currents.

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Omkari Williams, Advisory Circle Member

Omkari L. Williams has worked as a political consultant and life coach for 30 years, with an emphasis on supporting activists who identify as introverted or highly sensitive. As a queer Black woman, she shares her own story of challenging injustice to empower others in making a difference in their communities. She leads workshops and trainings and is host of the popular podcast, Stepping into Truth, where she interviews people doing activism in their own unique ways. She was a 2022 Witches & Warriors Fellow.

WITCHES & WARRIORS FELLOWS

2022:

Sojourner Ahébée, Jamie Grace Alexander, Noa Coffrey-Moore, MacKenzie River Foy, Aarati Kasturirangan, Mon Mohapatra, Precious Chika Musa, Blue Nguyen, Bushra Rehman, Aftan Sethia, tae min suh, Omkari Williams.

Seven people of color (Black, Latinx, and Asian) on a Zoom screen, smiling. One has put up a heart reaction.

Participants in the 2021 Catalyst Circle, from top left: Andrea Schmid, Franny Choi, MARS Marshall, Justice Ameer, Tamiko Beyer, Jess X. Snow, Candace Wiley. 

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Staff of the 2022 Witches & Warriors Retreat. From top left: Tamiko Beyer, Amelia deGuzman, tae min suh, Franny Choi, Patricia Jeon.

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