Best Poetry Collection: “Not Without Our Laughter” By Black Ladies Brunch Collective (Mason Jar Press)

Formed in 2014 as an actual brunch/poetry talk among black women, this collective (now featuring the book’s editor celeste doaks, along with Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Tafisha Edwards, and Katy Richey) put out its first collection of poetry last year, covering personal experiences and perspectives on love, sex, mental illness, sexual assault, survival, Prince, creature comforts, divinity—you name it.

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