[PANK]Books released this choreopoem during their annual launch party at #AWP20 in San Antonio, TX on March 5th! Thank you to all who were able to brave the terrifying travel to celebrate with [PANK] and Monica!
Couldn't make it? There was a virtual launch party on April 9th! Contact Monica if you'd like access to watch the recording!
"In a country grappling with its bloody history and uncertain future, How to Exterminate the Black Woman illuminates the struggle of the Black woman trying to thrive in a society seeking to consume and erase her. Set after the murder of Sandra Bland, or Trayvon Martin, or Emmett Till, this choreopoem takes place in the collective memory of American Black women, represented by Angela fractured into six emotions: fear, loss, silence, expectation, fury, and new. Through chanted sestinas, yoga-inspired dances, and a chorus of the subconscious, How to Exterminate the Black Woman confronts readers and audiences with the terrors and triumphs that mark Black women in the United States, from burying their murdered children and surviving rape to going natural and falling in love. More than just #BlackGirlMagic, this choreopoem casts a literary spell, demanding empathy, action, and humanity from the stage."
Use the big button below to order How to Exterminate the Black Woman through [PANK], or click here for Bookshop, or here for SPD (the distributor of her book), or here for Amazon (but Monica would be so happy if you used your local bookstore to support her work!).
Red Mountain Press' 2018 Poetry Prize, judged by Denise Low, named Monica's manuscript, Instructions for Temporary Survival, first runner-up! Though she didn't win, the manuscript was selected for publication by Red Mountain Press! Shortly after, the manuscript was awarded the 2018 Discovery Prize for excellence and promise in a first author's book. Snag your copy today!
Monica's newest chapbook Letters from the Other Woman launched at AWP18 in Tampa on March 7! Published by Grey Book Press, this collection works through the complications of infidelity, depression, and remorse. Pick up your copy at Grey Book Press, or request a signed copy from Monica by contacting her on the Contact page!
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American Poetry Journal: "Do Not Pray," Issue 18.2, July 2020
Tammy 9: "Trauma as a Cigarette," Winter 2019
The Pangolin Review: "Flexible," "Pull Me Back," and "Refrigerator," Issue 7, November 2018
The Same: "Black Girl Magic: Origin Story," October 2018
Subterranean Blue Poetry: "Maine, or How to Leave Your Lover for Good," Volume VI, Issue XI, Fall 2018
Spire Light: A Journal of Creative Expression: "Chez N'Diaye: Fatou," "The Apranti," and "Letter to the Mother of a Suicidal Teenager," April 2018
The Ibis Head Review: Volume 3, Issue 1: "My Mother's Bedroom," "Carefully Cultivated," and "Releasing the Slave," March 2018
The Shade Journal: Issue 2: "Condition of the Mother," April 2017
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society: Volume 3, Issue 1: "In My Blood," January 2016
The Sula Collective: Issue 4: "February 21, 1965" (November 2015), "Supplication" (December 2015), "Unsolicited Advice to Black Girls Who Can't Remember What Their Faces Look Like" (December 2015), "Rest Area No. 52 in Morgan County, Georgia" (February 2016)
The Texas Review, "Fight, Flee, Freeze"
Exhume: Issue 001: "How to Survive a Breakup: Go for a Run," September 2018
HerStory: Modern Love Edition: "How to Survive a Breakup: Stop Taking Your Pills," February 2018
Round Up Magazine: "High Heels & Fresh Air," January 2018
MadCap Review: Issue 7: "Guide to Meeting the Woman Your Lover Is Fucking," January 2018
Fourth & Sycamore: "How to Survive a Breakup: Get a Houseplant," December 2017
TRACK//FOUR: Issue 4: "How to Survive a Breakup: Shave Your Head" and "How to Survive a Breakup: Sponsor a Child in Africa," July 2017
MadCap Review: Issue 5: "How to Survive a Breakup: Quit Smoking," January 2017
Thrillist Media Group, Sex & Dating Vertical: "What I Learned from 5 Years as a 'Vagina Monologues' Actor," April 2016
MadCap Review: Issue 3: "Seasonal," July 2015
Agnes Scott College 43rd Annual Writers' Festival Magazine: "Rules for the Wingwoman," Winter 2014
The McNair Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies: "Confessions in Living Color(ed): The Creation of a Choreopoem, Phase One of Honors Project," Summer 2011
The McNair Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies: "God Don' Like Ugly: The Presence of God in the Literature of Paule Marshall," Summer 2010
Susquehanna University's Dept. of Theatre: A Pageant of Agitating Women by Monica Prince and Anna Andes, staged virtual reading, directed by Anna Andes, October 9, 2020
Susquehanna University's Dept. of Theatre: A Pageant of Agitating Women by Monica Prince and Anna Andes, experimental workshop, directed by Anna Andes, February 27-March 1, 2020
The Vintage Theatre as part of the 2018 International Women's Voice Theater Festival: How to Exterminate the Black Woman, staged reading, directed by Margaret Norwood, January 21, 2018, Lakewood, CO
The CutOut Theatre: Testify, directed and choreographed by Thea and Avery Wigglesworth, December 4, 5, 10, 11, 2015, Brooklyn, NY
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