M. Mick Powell is a queer Black Cape Verdean femme, a poet, an artist, an Aries, and author of the chapbooks THREESOME IN THE LAST TOYOTA CELICA (forthcoming from Host Publications) and CHRONICLE THE BODY (University of South Carolina, 2019). Their poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize, and appear in RHINO, Indiana Review, Muzzle, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere. A 2023 Tin House Resident and Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Creative Nonfiction Writing, Mick enjoys chasing waterfalls and being in love. 

Their next poetry collection, DEAD GIRL CAMEO, will be on offer soon; it is a unique nonfiction/docu-poetic project that closely examines the experiences of Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (1971-2002), Whitney Houston (1963-2012), and other notable femme superstars who died tragically too soon. Using ekphrasis, erasure, digital collage, archival research, and imaginative/speculative nonfiction in verse, DEAD GIRL CAMEO traverses the intimate realms of superstars and employs a multi-genre approach to conceptualizing girlhood as a place, a lush and living landscape worth excavating.

Keep up with them at www.mickpowellpoet.com

M. Mick Powell is represented by Amanda Orozco and Noelle Falcis-Math.

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