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Cyree Jarelle Johnson (he/they) is a poet and writer from Piscataway, NJ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, WUSSY, The Wanderer, Vice, Rewire News, The Root, and Nat. Brut among other publications. They earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University with support from Davis Putter Scholarship Fund.

SLINGSHOT, his first collection of poetry, is available now from Nightboat Books. Development of the work was supported by Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund, Culture/Strike Climate Change and Environmental Justice Fellowship, and the Rewire News Disabled Writers Fellowship.

They tweet with significant queer millenial ennui at @cyreejarelle 

 
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“SLINGSHOT begins with the author ensconced in the menacing isolation of the pastoral, but once the work migrates to the City, monstrum grows form and fangs. In these messy, horny, desperate poems spun from dream logic, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson considers the consequences of black sexual and gender deviance, as well as the emotional burden of being forced to the rim of society, then punished for what keeps you alive.”

"I REACH FOR CYREE JARELLE JOHNSON'S WRITING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEIR BLACK DISABLED FEMME GENDERQUEER BRILLIANT INSIGHTS AND POETICS ARE CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR COLLECTIVE SURVIVAL. UNFLINCHINGLY COMMITTED TO TELLING TRUTH WITH LYRICAL PRECISION AND REAL TALK, ROOTED DEEP IN THEIR BLACK FEMME CRIP JERSEY SOIL. I READ EVERYTHING THEY WRITE, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY'LL DO NEXT."

-LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA, LAMBDA AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, DIRTY RIVER: A QUEER FEMME OF COLOR DREAMING HER WAY HOME, BODYMAP, LOVE CAKE, CO-AUTHOR, THE REVOLUTION STARTS AT HOME.

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