Imarisha, Walidah Scars/Stars

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Scars/Stars

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In her book Beloved , Toni Morrison describes the whip scars on a former slave’s back as a tree sprouting from her flesh. Walidah Imarisha’s first poetic collection Scars/Stars invokes this same process of alchemy, transforming both individual and collective scars into North Stars, guideposts that center us and keep us moving in the right direction. Scars/Stars reminds us that even in ravaged earth, something beautiful can still grow.

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"Love songs for freedom fighters... I think of Walidah Imarisha's work as medicine for the masses. The imagery, the heart and the life experience in these poems are like tears mixed with gasoline, spark a fire." - Gabriel Teodros, emcee and writer

“Scars/Stars is Walidah Imarisha at her poetic revolutionary finest. Her life's odyssey takes one to the stars - and through the scars - on a quest for love and struggle that literally takes the breath away. It is a masterpiece that you simply must have.” – Sundiata Acoli, writer and political prisoner

“Tenacious in her political commitment and steadfast in her belief of new possibilities, Walidah Imarisha is a voice that cannot be quarantined or categorized. Imarisha’s Scars/Stars is a testament to a new wave in the poetry of resistance; read her, hear her, join her song!” - Matthew Shenoda, author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone

Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, sci fi scholar, organizer and spoken word artist. Imarisha was an editor of the first 9/11 anthology Another World is Possible, founding editor of AWOL Magazine, and served as Culture Editor for Left Turn Magazine. She is the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.

One half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista, Imarisha’s work has appeared in Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Daddy Can I Tell You Something, Word Warriors, The Quotable Rebel, Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer, and Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency.

She has taught in Portland State University's Black Studies Department, Oregon State University's Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English and Literature Departments.

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