Taylor Castle and Black Girl Magic

Tell the story that’s in front of your nose…

That’s what noted Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks would tell thousands of aspiring writers during her decades of teaching. It’s these same words that a new generation of Chicago poets still take to heart. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we are proud to showcase images from Taylor Castle of five rising stars in Chicago’s poetry scene, photographed for Chicago Magazine’s April issue. These immensely talented writers are featured in a new book from Haymarket Press titled The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic.

A prominent figure in Chicago’s poetry scene and co-editor of Black Girl Magic is Jamila Woods. A frequent collaborator with Chance The Rapper, Jamila’s debut album HEAVN was released to critical acclaim in 2016. As associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, the non-profit behind the highly regarded Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam festival, she remains heavily involved in the lives of Chicago’s burgeoning generation of young artists.

Check out Chicago Magazine’s article here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2018/New-Chicago-Poets/