The Writer’s Center and Poet Lore welcome poet R.E.I.L. to celebrate her new poetry collection, Ashes to Justice, published by the DC-based arts nonprofit Day Eight. R.E.I.L. will be in conversation with Kim B Miller.
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R.E.I.L. started her poetry career at open mics in the D.C. area and at 16 competed in the Brave New Voices slam in New York City. A poetic performer, visual artist, and arts educator teaching in D.C. schools, R.E.I.L. seeks inspiration from past and present life experiences to help the lives of other unsung souls.
Kim B Miller’s poetry is inspirational and her words are bold. Kim has performed nationally in person and internationally online. Kim is the Poet Laureate of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia: Oct. 2020-Oct. 2022. She’s the First African American Poet Laureate for this region. Kim won Haiku/ “Haikuist” of the year in the 2021 DMV Renaissance Awards. Kim won 4th place in the 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Contest, in the non-rhyming poetry category. There were over 3000 entries in all categories. Kim is the 2019 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. Southern Fried Poetry Slam is one of the largest Spoken Word and Performance Poetry tournaments in the world. Her poems have been published in African Voices magazine, a Portuguese haiku anthology, a DC newspaper, an interfaith anthology, a hunger anthology and several websites and her books. Kim is also a facilitator who creates her own training material.
About the Book
Ashes to Justice is a poetic lightning bolt tracing the path of love, abuse, betrayal, and recovery toward self-love. In this debut collection DC-area spoken word performer and poet educator R.E.I.L. releases the demons of this world while holding onto love for her family of birth, and the family she’s found.
“Written with a whisper and a hammer.”—Kim B Miller, Poet Laureate of Prince William County, Virginia
“The sorrow of abuse pulses under these poems. But so does the joy of double-dutch, a grandmother’s love, and the truth of rebirth.”— Joseph Ross, author of Raising King, and Ache