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Jenise Miller

Jenise Miller is a poet, writer, and urban planner from Compton, California. Her work explores art, archives, place, and intersectional history. She is a recent California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow and PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, as well as a Tin House and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) workshop alumna. She created the KCET Artbound series “Compton: Arts and Archives” and coordinates the Compton Arts Oral History Project. She is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and her writing is featured in her poetry chapbook, The Blvd (Blurb, 2019), as well as the Acentos Review, Boom California, the Los Angeles Review of Books, High Country News, and the forthcoming anthology Writing the Golden State: The New Literary Terrain of California. Find her work at www.jenisemiller.com | Tw/IG: @jenisepalante

Black Estrangement

Labor of Memory

By Jenise Miller

It wasn’t until my father was in his seventies, just a few years before he passed away, that I learned that his father, a Panama Canal tugboat captain, had once […]