Making black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms
A Celebrated Author
Alexis De Veaux is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday and Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children’s literature, plays, essays and journalism, De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. With her new work, Yabo, De Veaux has returned to her first love: writing fiction.
Jewelle GomezAuthor, The Gilda Stories
“Alexis De Veaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. Echoing the work of Jean Toomer and Toni Morrison, Yabo speaks in a powerful and insistent cadence about things we may have forgotten: death, desire, magic and the drum beat of resilience.”