BLK Femme Love

February 11, 2019

  • In the Woolly Mammoth Theater

“When we love we can let our hearts speak.”

-bell hooks

Join us for an evening of life-affirming spoken word performed by Black Femmes in the name of love. Like candy you might enjoy on Valentine’s Day, there’s romantic love, love of one’s sisters, love of one’s community, and love of oneself. So come celebrate Black Femmes, listen to their hearts, and love on their poetry!

This special event is hosted by Kita Marshall featuring performances from Venus Selenite, Anita Jeffries, and Mary Bowman.

About the Host

Kita Marshall

KITA MARSHALL, born in Seoul, South Korea, is a queer, biracial, Jewish poet who considers herself from a little bit of everywhere due to the experience of traveling extensively during her childhood. This and other myriad tales about her life are present in her poetry along with her passion for community engagement. She is a Cave Canem fellow and a fellow of The Watering Hole. Her work has appeared in three anthologies: Stoked Words, Multiverse, and After Ferguson: In Solidarity.

About the Performers

Mary Bowman

MARY BOWMAN (she/her) is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, singer, and poet native to the Washington, DC area. Drawing from personal experience, both transparent and vulnerable whether, in poetry or song, her words allow her access to spaces that aren’t traditionally artistic. From local open mic nights to international conferences and beyond, Mary shares herself openly and proudly.

Mary’s life and work have been featured in various mediums; print publications, as well as broadcast television and radio networks. Her powerful performance caught the attention of the editors of A&U Magazine and led them to invite Mary to grace the cover of the August 2016 issue.

Mary is humbly continuing to carry out her vision to inspire people to find their own personal empowerment and freedom through her art. Mary has three projects available for purchase, LOTUS the 2010 collection of poetry, LOVE B.O.A.T.S. the ep, released in 2014, and EMERGE the 2017 collection of poetry.

Morgan "Momo Da Mermaid" Butler

MORGAN "MOMO DA MERMAID" BUTLER (they/them) is a witchy writer, educator, performer, and Afro-Futurist from Washington, DC. Their work primarily focuses on cultivating healing spaces for femmes of color in white/masc/het-dominated spaces, specifically through spoken word and creative writing. Morgan has been a featured performer on TV One’s Verses and Flow and has been welcomed into spaces at The White House, Department of Education, The Kennedy Center and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. As an educator, they have led two workshops at Harvard University’s Alumni of Color Conference and taught sessions on peace education and creative writing in high schools throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

Anita Jeffries

ANITA JEFFRIES is a black trans woman and poet doing work in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Pink Door Alumna, a Watering Hole Fellow, a member of the 2017 and 2018 Beltway Poetry Slam Teams, and ranked second with her team in the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam. Contact her at for any inquiries.

Angelique Palmer

ANGELIQUE PALMER (she/her) is a poetry slam doyen and a finalist in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. The Creative Writing graduate from Florida State University now calls northern Virginia home.

She’s penned 10 self-published chapbooks and authored THE CHAMBERMAID’S STYLE GUIDE, the full-length book of poetry on Sargent Press. Several of poems have been published on Drunk in A Midnight Choir, making her a member of the Choir. She was among 25 new members accepted to the 2015 A ROOM OF HER OWN writing retreat, and is 2014 Pink Door Writing retreat alumnus. Her publications include BORDERLINE, and THE MUD REVIEW.

Formerly an instructor at the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC, she continues to lead workshops, volunteer with spoken word-based charities, and rock open mics in the area. She’s been the featured poet in more than a dozen cities across the U.S.

Venus Di'Khadijah Selenite

VENUS DI'KHADIJAH SELENITE (she/her) is the author of trigger and The Fire Been Here, as well as co-editor of Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color.

Poet, writer, performance artist, editor, advocate, and sex worker, her work has appeared in publications such as The Tempest, Wear Your Voice, Autostraddle, and Rest for Resistance. Venus has performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House, Busboys & Poets, Anacostia Playhoue, Princeton University, and Wellesley College, becoming the first Black trans woman to present solo performance poetry at the latter two venues.

A 2017 Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat Fellow, finalist at the 2014 and 2015 Capturing Fire International Queer Poetry Slam Festival, and a Bettering American Poetry nominee, she’s also had roles in two theatre pieces by Dane Figureroa Edidi, Absalom and the debut reading of For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother Fucker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough.