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june, 2018

06junwedInner Moonlight: Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi & courtney marie7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Poetry Reading

Inner Moonlight: Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi & courtney Marie

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Inner Moonlight is back and we couldn’t be more excited about ourline up: Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and courtney marie will present their forthcoming poetry double-chapbook Moon Woman / don’t get your hopes up. They’re publishing it together with Thoughtcrime Press after a successful KickStarter campaign, from which we’re going to steal some praises and their bios.

courtney mari & Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi
courtney marie & Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi

“In these poems, Fatima Hirsi and Courtney Marie celebrate the body in its wondrous wholeness—but there is also a record of brokenness here. These poems are a vessel containing joy and sorrow—suffering and hope. They are, in other words, much like the cup of life.”
— Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

“Fatima Hirsi and Courtney Marie are poets of the first order: lively, inventive, wise in body and mind. They aren’t afraid to go toward the dark; in fact they run straight at it, with relish and a genuine talent for risk. Are poets dangerous? Put it this way: we ignore them at our risk, and that’s especially true with these two excellent poets, whose work is as pleasurable as it is unsettling.”
— Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series spotlighting the creative feminine and non-binary energies of North Texas. She can often be found on sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers. She has been published in EntropyThe Boiler, Anthropology Now!Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others.

courtney marie is a writer and artist based in Denton, Texas. She enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. Her work has appeared in Nat. BrutSpooky Girlfriend Press, Black Sun LitSouvenir LitThe Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners, bars, and art galleries; in cities all over the country. She is the co-founder and primary organizer of the literary & art collective Spiderweb Salon (Best Literary Arts Group 2016, Dallas Observer), co-host of Pegasus Reading Series and Deep Ellum Lit Hop, and the host of Spiderweb Salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah. She lives with two cats and writes a lot of letters.


“Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.”
—Allen Ginsberg, from On Being a Writer.



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