"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before." -- Audre Lorde
Untold Stories of Liberation & Love is an Ypsilanti-based collective that amplifies and generates local women of color’s creative courage to envision our communities
as we center cooperative community-governed solutions grounded in abundance.
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. - Toni Morrison.
Poetry in a Time of Virus
During the COVID-19 pandemic the poets of Untold Stories made sacred time for creativity as they juggled jobs, children, elders, and survival. Each week we wrote with a shared prompt across the distance of our shelters in place. Below are the weekly prompts and the poems born of this time
Untold Stories Is Committed To
Where we can see, name, and value what oppression and violence have taught us to ignore.
Prompts that invite us to reach back to our ancestors for radical wisdom, to shift the shape of reality in the present moment, and to embody our vision of the future right now.
Grounded in the power of collectivity creativity that generates community regeneration and abundance.