Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight

This monthly series features poems by women of color in the early stages of their publishing careers. It is our intention to create more space at Perugia for the work of poets who are Black, Indigenous, and women of color (BIWOC). We hope using our platform to celebrate this work will expand the readership of the poets we spotlight. This series aligns with Perugia’s mission to support and promote emerging women poets; featured poems will be from poets with no more than one published full-length collection. We’d love to hear from readers with suggestions for poems & poets to feature.

January 2024 Poet: Priscilla Wathington

Photo by Chad Wathington

Area C

the map emphatic with line grayed out Areas
declaratives of spellings conqueror

streets shrinking seas tell me what difference whose 
name we spit over the pothole

Fiat's coarse tires crack into earth begotten 
of sergeants swallowtails topsoil

profiling how much run off 
owl rain estrogen

below other horizons other names 
for skulls let's agree

the map self-portraiture parse 
its starvations

cannot point us south


Paper and Stick, Tram Editions, 2021 (and originally published in the journal Matter)

Poet Bio

Priscilla Wathington is a Palestinian-American poet and editor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her chapbook, Paper and Stick, was published by Tram Editions in 2021. Her poems have appeared in Adi MagazineGulf CoastMichigan Quarterly ReviewSalamanderThe Normal SchoolMiznaSukoon, and elsewhere. She sits on the board of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and is currently pursuing a MFA at Warren Wilson College. 

To learn more about Priscilla Wathington, visit Tram Editions.