After hundreds of submissions this year, it is with great love and a humble'd heart to honor Theatre Visionary Reza Abdoh with the second Poetry Prize for Tofu Ink Arts Press going to Kimberly Jae with the profound possibilities offered in her words for: Domestic Violence Respectability Politics. Honorary mentions and runner up goes to: Trevor Bashaw for SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT & Shams Alkamil The People of Hawaa (Eve). All the work will be featured in our Tofu Ink Arts Press: Volume 6 in 2023. $300 will be awarded to Kimberly Jae. Please see brief bios below.
Kimberly Jae is an award-winning, disabled and published Slam Poet ranking in the top 30 slam poets in the world in 2018. Undaunted, she has since won fellowships, competitions and multiple publications.
Trevor Bashaw is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose work investigates the relationships between queerness, ecology, memory, and the artifice of representation. They graduated from the University of Kansas and are now living in Kansas City.
Shams Alkamil believes in holding room for Black neurodivergents. In 2022, she published, “West 24th Street” and was published at Writer Con. “The People of Hawaa (Eve)”, reflects the irony of oppressive forces believing they are superior.
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