Tamara J. Madison
Threed, This Road Not Damascus
Trio House 2019
Tamara J. Madison, both on the page and in voice, is magical. In her most recent collection, Threed, This Road Not Damascus (Trio House, 2019), she seamlessly bridges the gap between past and present while remaining grounded in the here and now. Via her use of religion, familial history, and rhythm she is able to give voice to those women who oft times were forced to remain silent in order to survive. It is through her poetry that these women, and those still to come, are allowed to be wholly free. Madison creates a new mythology here. A mythology that begins to lay the groundwork for us to create the worlds in which we want to move. She leaves us with the lingering sense that the makings of the universe are in our hands. All we need to do is mold it and name it.
Tamara J. Madison is an internationally traveled author, poet, performer, and editor currently teaching as a professor of English and Creative Writing at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Her critical and creative works have been published in various journals and magazines including Poetry International, Tidal Basin Review, Web del Sol, and Linden Avenue. She has also been published in several anthologies: Temba Tupu, Check the Rhyme, Seattle Poets and Photographers, and SisterFire. Her most recent publication is a full-length poetry collection, Threed, This Road Not Damascus. An earlier manuscript of the book was short-listed for the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award. She is the author of Collard County, A Collection of Short Stories. Her collection, Kentucky Curdled (poetry and essay) is available in paperback, on Kindle , and poetry audiobook.
A consummate performance poet and spoken word artist, Tamara has performed for numerous stages and television. Her melodic poetry and spoken word are featured in the award winning, Naked Voice currently available on CD Baby. She has also performed and recorded as bilingual vocalist and poet (French/English) with Juba Collective of Chicago under master musician and composer, Kahil El’Zabar. To contact her for readings, workshops, and updates, visit her home on the web at here on Instagram @tamarajmadison.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, which she launched in 2012. Athena’s work has appeared in various publications both online and in print. She is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook, published by Argus House Press. Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). She writes, edits, and resides in Philadelphia. Learn more about Athena here.