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About the Artist

JT Stewart claims these specialties: poet, writer, playwright, editor, and teacher. A longtime Seattle resident (a NYC Bronx exile), she frequently does writing workshops and classes at the Richard Hugo House. JT also co-founded the Seattle-based now internationally-known Clarion West SF Writers’ Workshop.

In Promised Lands: Poems From the Sovereign of Dishpan Sonnets (2010)—her third chap book—she explores history with its fortunes and misfortunes for people of African descent. As a public artist, JT specializes in poetry broadsides and has had her work placed at Western Washington University and the Seattle Art Museum. Viewers can see her work in the permanent collaborative installation Raven Brings Light to This House of Stories in the Allen Library at the University of Washington.

In addition to a Hedgebrook residency, JT’s honors/awards include: Curator - Jack Straw Writers-in-Residence (2006); 4Culture grant (2008); Centrum Residency (2009); Arts Crush Performance Grant (2011).

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

ANCESTORS

She drew her first basket
on its side she made a mask
w/ eyes and nose
on its top she made a mouth
slightly open
so it could eat
she thought

She invited some friends
to see the basket

Inside its curved belly
they saw
a flag w/ zebra marks
the curved teeth of a lion
gold   elegant   huge
rows of elephant tusks
a crocodile napping

They heard a spirit voice  
calling all their names      
                                           
They struggled to breathe  
They tried to speak
They wanted to dance

(for Nisi)

JT Stewart