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Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks’s debut poetry collection, HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), has been named a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award, the 2020 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the Julie Suk Award. Work included has won Best of Net and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Hicks was a finalist for the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and Palette Poetry Spotlight Award, and is the recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary and Jack Jones Literary Arts. Their poems and essays are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Longreads, Adroit Journal, Barrelhouse, the Rumpus, the Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, SLATE Magazine, Huffington Post, Texas Observer, and others. Hicks is the Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, African-American, Poetry
“Visceral, riveting, and somehow both heartbreaking and empowering.”
— Jami Attenberg, author of "All This Could Be Yours"

"What is the difference between a god and a Gawd? What makes a woman a HoodWitch? Faylita Hicks speaks masterfully on the homespun magic of Black women, women who use 'dime store candles' and Florida water to heal their wounds and care for themselves in a world that does not care for them. As much as these poems are battle cries, there is a sadness and a violence to them too. Gawdliness demands sacrifice. HoodWitch is a testament to the lineage of power, vulnerability, and strength."
— Christina Orlando

"In its evocation of witchcraft, this book provides further examples of efforts to reclaim the language of witchcraft and demonology from the accusers and to repurpose the language to assert a femme vision of authority and autonomy. This book is also powerfully intersectional in its vision, emphasizing specifically black diasporic relationships with witchcraft and also attending to the particular violences and precarities that haunt black girlhoods."
— Kathryn Nuernberger

"HoodWitch examines what power looks like when reclaimed by Black women and nonbinary people. Considering the unique path of survival that queer Black people have to claim in our society, often alone, there’s something comforting about reading stories of resilience."
— Bitch

"In her tremendous debut, Faylita Hicks composes fresh poems out of old photographs, dealing with the deeply personal topics of adoption, partner loss, and nonbinary identities."
— Bustle

"Faylita Hicks is not a formally trained witch, but someone well-practiced. HoodWitch. . . is a four-part narrative that explores the dangers and beauty of Black motherhood, the unnatural rites of bringing life into a world where women are abused and children are left vulnerable. The book is a brave offering of blood, water, flesh, and bone, honoring the author’s personal experiences as well as those of 'every single Black girl gone missing.' Creating a work at once intimate and fantastical, Hicks carries trauma and grief yet is immune to pity."
— The Rumpus

"At the center of HoodWitch, the confident, crackling debut from Faylita Hicks, is 'Gawd,' whose very name reveals Hicks’s interest in re-creation and self-determination. . . . Drawing on private traumas—birth and death, sex and assault—as well as on public traumas—Eric Garner’s death, the abuse of black girls by R. Kelly—Hicks’s collection lays bare wounds and the cauterizing fire."
— Emily Pérez

“To read HoodWitch is to discover the parts of the self that have been locked up and dissected under someone else’s gaze. This book is our gaze.”
— D.W. McKinney, Linden Avenue Lit

“Each poem is a special magic that inhabits the deepest parts of the psyche, digs in, and resists forgetting.”
— Airea D. Matthews, 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner

HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019)
HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019)
Annie Hwang
Ayesha Pande Literary