Testimonials

For Ex Nihilo

Ex Nihilo is a bold, beautiful, and timely collection of poetry. Deeply imbued with a rhythm as deep as Langston’s rivers, Adebe D.A. choreographs her words to dance on and off the page – her canvas. A remarkable remix of language and history, Ex Nihilo moves us to places we have not yet considered. A call to both thought and action, Adebe confronts and celebrates her polychromatism. She is a major voice of a new generation.”
— M.K. Asante, Jr., poet, professor, and author of Buck

“At once bristling and lyrical, intimate and political, Adebe’s persona in this courageous debut collection of poems vacillates between seemingly irreconcilable poses: artist and academic, activist and sensualist, innovator and traditionalist. As she confesses in the poem ‘Colour Lessons’, she’d like to be everything. Herein the reader will discover the richness of mixed legacies, competing voices, and the joys and burdens that come with them.”
— Priscila Uppal, poet, professor, and author of Ontological Necessities

“The poems delight in the play of line against idea in a vexed terrain of politics and feeling; history and the contemporary search here for new images. A poet of great promise.”
— Leslie Sanders, professor and Langston Hughes historian

Ex Nihilo troubles the waters of identity, opens the borders of literary precedence and official ‘canon’ and is straight from the hip. It is fierce, streetwise poetry, with ‘a beauty of incongruence.'”
— Anne Waldman, poet, professor, activist, and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School

“These lyrics dare to ‘bring da noise’ – not only the funk and blues of race snafus, but also the exquisite soul sound of intellectual analysis, harmonizing rhythmic lines and gritty insights. They come from a woman who knows the intricate gradations connecting black skin to white, pop culture to academia, and links sophisticated analysis with the verve and drive of performance poetry.”
— Frontenac Dektet Jury

For Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out

“In a fresh approach to the quest for understanding mixed-race identity in the Americas, the multiple genres that find their way into the Other Tongues anthology — from poetry to photography, fiction to scholarship – perfectly mirror the prodigious spectrum of their authors’ positions toward the topic. This collection speaks boldly and poignantly to who we are, and by ‘we’ I mean not only women of mixed-race ancestry, but all citizens of 21st-century North America.”
— Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

“These exciting, beautifully inked narratives tell us that, as each woman embraces her biracial or multiracial identity, she mothers a new world, one with equal space for everyone.”
— George Elliott Clarke, Africadian & Eastern Woodland Metis, Laureate, 2001 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry

“Passionate, courageous and insightful, Other Tongues speaks affectingly about the pleasures and paradoxes of living between the conventional categories of race. It is a significant anthology, one that I’ve been waiting for.”
— Karina Vernon, scholar

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