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Khalisa Rae

Khalisa Rae is a queer black poet, educator, and activist who speaks and writes with fierce rebellion. She published her first book, Real Girls Have Real Problems, in 2012 with Sable Books. Her recent work has been seen in numerous publications, including Glass Poetry, Homology Lit, Hellebore, Tishman Review, the Obsidian, New Shoots Anthology, Red Door, and Red Press – Anatomy of Silence Anthology. She has been a finalist for the Lucille Clifton Prize, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, and a winner of the Fem Lit Magazine Contest, and the Voicemail Poetry Contest.

Rae is a staff reader/editor for Carve Magazine and Kissing Dynamite, and co-founder of Athenian Press, a social justice arts collective and literary safe space for women/femme/gnc/trans folks. Her full-length poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2021. Her boutique poetry and art collection is the recent winner of the White Stag Publishing Contest.

Latest by Khalisa Rae

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Personal Stories

Facing Chronic UTIs as a Black Woman Meant Confronting Generations of Bad Sexual Health Education

Urinary tract infections affect many women, but many black women are not given enough information about their bodies to battle them well.

By Khalisa Rae
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Swiping Left on the Margins

Being black and dating online is difficult. When you're a black couple looking to find a third, the mechanics of finding someone get even trickier.

By Khalisa Rae