Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, educator, and activist. She is the 2017 recipient of the Tiburon Arts Community Educator Award and the author of several books including _______ Is Not Goodbye (dusie kollektiv), Disclosure (Black Radish Books), Unpublishable Manuscript #43 (UbuWeb Editions), and Curren¢y (Palm Press); together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a “courageous and visionary book.” Her most recent editorial project, Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children (Black Radish Books) won the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Press Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry. She lives and works in San Quentin.
Lomax’s collection Disclosure and the Black Radish anthology Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children (2013) are available at SPD. Her second Black Radish Collection THE BEAUTIFUL will be published Fall 2019.
Initiated to counter the violence and turbulence currently at work in the U.S., THE BEAUTIFUL anthology serves as a form of activism, an opportunity for poets to highlight the non-negotiable beauty between people and in the world. Each poet in the anthology represents a state in the US and has been asked to submit a “poem” (however conceptually they may interpret it—a news clipping, a piece of legislation, a photograph, etc.) that represents something BEAUTIFUL in that state. The one caveat is that “poem” was not actually created by the poet. In this way, the beauty is passed on.