This piece originally appeared in the blog of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and appears here with their permission. Coincidentally (but happily) Tim’m T. West is a Board Member of The Buckeye Flame.
Written by Clarity Amrein, Senior Library Services Assistant, Downtown Main Library
The Library is celebrating queer voices during National Pride Month this June and beyond through local, contemporary, and historical poetry. With numerous digital resources like eBooks and audiobooks, and a wide range of materials for children, teens, and adults, the Library offers exposure to so many diverse LGBTQIA+ experiences and ideas through poetry. This virtual series highlights queer poets, poems, and their contexts from across the spectrum, across racial identities, across history, and from all over the world.
Up next in our series in local educator, poet, youth advocate, Hip Hop artist, and activist, Tim’m T. West. For decades, West has traveled across the country speaking about issues at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and social justice. A graduate of Duke University (BA), The New School for Social Research (MA), and Stanford University (MA), he is author of several books, Hip-Hop projects, and is widely anthologized. In the videos below, West shares two of his poems, “Faithful” and “Morning Epiphany in Houston”.
Please note that these videos were originally recorded in April during National Poetry Month: