Wheatley at 250:
Black Women Poets Re-imagine the Verse of Phillis Wheatley Peters
This new collection celebrates the 250th anniversary of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), by gathering the voices of 20 Black female poets to reimagine the work of Phillis Wheatley Peters, both America’s first Black poet and the iconic literary ancestor for a new generation.
“This book is a treasure!… a blessing and a balm.” —Camille Dungy, author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden
“This extraordinary anthology by Danielle Legros Georges and Artress Bethany White asks us to approach her [Wheatley’s] work in conversation with a group of our nation’s most ambitious poets…” —Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, President and Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
CONTRIBUTORS: Tracy K. Smith, Gabrielle Civil, Danielle Legros Georges, Florence Ladd, Janice A. Lowe, Kiki Petrosino, Aracelis Girmay, Donika Kelly, Tara Betts, L’Merchie Frazier, Yalie Saweda Kamara, Tsitsi Jaji, Shara McCallum, Mahogany L. Browne, Pamela Mordecai, Rosamond S. King, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Sharan Strange, Artress Bethany White, Evie Shockley
Official Publication Date: December 30, 2023