Our Name Be Witness

by Marvin K. White


Our Name Be Witness is a hearing of voices and a judgment of women collected by poet Marvin K. White. These women where he comes from, mostly gone now, visit him in the still and quick of memory. These poems spirit, challenge, beg, egg and demand that they have their say. Part mother-tongue and part fortune-tale, White pens the truth of these women and all things: ahead of, in and on time that they were in wake, in life and in afterlife.



Marvin K. White

Marvin K. White is the author of four collections of poetry, Our Name Be Witness, Status, last rights (finalist for Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award) and nothin’ ugly fly (finalist for Lambda Literary Award). White is a poet, performer, playwright, visual artist, community arts organizer and seminarian. His poetry has been anthologized in The Road Before Us: 100 Black Gay Poets; My Brother’s Keeper; Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians: New Gay Writing; Things Shaped in Passing; Sojourner: Writing in the Age of AIDS; Bum Rush the Page; Role Call; and Think Again, as well as other local and national publications. He is the co-editor of If We Have to Take Tomorrow: HIV, Black Men & Same-Sex Desire. His poetry has been adapted for stage at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros, and he has performed his own work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a part of their 2014 BAN7 Festival. As a former member of the critically acclaimed theater troupe Pomo Afro Homos he has performed nationally and internationally. White holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem; and is a former member of the board of Fire & Ink, a national black LGBT writer’s organization. Marvin K. White recently earned a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. White is the editor of the forthcoming anthology from Justice Matters Press, Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Black Voices on Activism, Resistance, and Love.

[Photo © 2011 by Duane Cramer.]

140 pp.

© 2011 by Marvin K. White
Cover art courtesy of Marvin K. White
Cover design:  Eunice Corbin

ISBN-10: 0-9786251-5-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-9786251-5-3

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