TENDER a literary anthology and book of spells: evidence


This collection of poetry, prose and art by 19 Black womxn and femmes in Pittsburgh grew out of a longing for connection and comfort in a city and a world that is not always tender toward them. The book is a balm they made for themselves. The book is co-edited by vanessa german and Deesha Philyaw.

TENDER is brought to you by late-night conversations among Black womxn and femmes telling our stories, talking about us, loving on us. Conversations of reckoning and consideration of the heart and the soul and how we are living with ourselves, friends, family and lovers, through times of stress and social media and false media. This book is brought to you by healing hands, prayers, loud laughter, and freestyles.

Contributors:  Mequitta Ahuja, Melanie Dione, vanessa german, Ada Griffin, Cheryl Hall-Russell,  I Medina, Tereneh Idia, Tyra Jamison, a.k. payne, Shanikqua Peterson, Deesha Philyaw, Lisa Pickett, Almah LaVon Rice,  TeOnna Ross, Jennifer N. Shannon, Celeste C. Smith, Christina Springer, Aaliyah Thomas, and Alona Williams.


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