Alifair Skebe is a poet, visual artist, and author of the poetry collection Thin Matter (Foothills Publishing 2016); the long poem “El Agua Es la Sangre de la Tierra”/water is the blood of the earth (written in English) (Finishing Line Press 2008); and a book of poems and collage, text-art postcards Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales (Basilisk Press 2004). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including (em), *eratio, Interim, RHINO, The Cape Rock, and So to Speak. She holds a Ph.D. in American Poetry and Poetics from the University at Albany, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Women's Studies, Poetry, Anthropology) from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas. She teaches English/Writing in the Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany and lives in Albany, NY with her husband.
from "The Wedding Moon Stone":
"Her hair is long, so long they say,
hair of down down down
the eyes of a thousand drunken sailors
drowned at the stern, the gilt ring
around the half-cut bubble Aphrodite bore
out of the sea. She is a song.
She is a folk tale streaming with ribbons
May pole around her neck, old tea bags,
dirty dish towels—all pink, all swollen."
published in Philament
from "The Momentous Life of a Drip of Paint":
"the city is drowning
the oceans are drowning with fish
the fish are breathing
(published in em)
Publications and Prizes
El Aqua Es La Sangre De La Tierra: The Water Is the Blood of the Earth (Finishing Line Press, 2008), Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales (Double artist's chapbook) (Basilisk Press, 2004)
32 Poems, Blueline, Chronogram Magazine, Colere, Diner, eratio, Interim, Literary Mama, Louisiana Review, MannequinEnvy, philament, Poems and Plays: Middle Tennessee State Univ, Rhino Magazine, Rootdrinker, So to Speak, Sulphur River Literary Review, Temenos, The Cape Rock, Underground Voices
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: September 29, 2016