“In my art, in my person, I’m interrogating what it means to be relentlessly authentic. Vulnerable. Present without caveat or exception. Hyper-aware. Therefore sensual. Therefore analytical. The dance party and the laboratory. Or, that the dance party is the laboratory. Minutia, where the mundane meets the absurd; that’s some territory I dig walking through. “Sustained intensity” is how Wynton Marsalis described Miles Davis’ style of playing the trumpet and that’s something I’m into. Play less notes, but make them the right notes. Not the punch line, but the whole damn thing is funny.”
Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Born in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Bedstuy, New York. Her firstchapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, was the first winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize and published July 2013 from Button Poetry. You can find her work in PANK, pluck!, Muzzle, Callaloo,Union Station, and other journals. She is a poetry & non-fiction editor at Kinfolks Quarterly, a Callaloo fellow and graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of The Dance Cartel & thedivine fabrics collective. She loves a good suit & anything to do with Motown or Parliament Funkadelic.