Antoinette Brim-Bell


West Haven, CT
Connecticut US

Author's Bio

Antoinette Brim-Bell (Antoinette Brim), Connecticut’s 8th State Poet Laureate, is the author of three full-length poetry collections:  These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love, and Psalm of the Sunflower.  She is a Cave Canem Foundation Fellow and an alumna of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA). Her poetry has appeared in various journals, magazines, textbooks, and anthologies, including Villanelles44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, Not A Muse, and has appeared in Poetry Magazine and Poem-a-Day.  Additionally, Brim-Bell has published critical work, most notably, essays: “Living Behind the Numbers: A Statistic Muses about her Life” (National Association of African American Studies Monograph Series); “The Myopic Eye in Alice Walker’s ‘Flowers’” (Critical Insights: Alice Walker, Salem Press) and “Juxtaposed Dichotomies: the idealized white suburban pastoral, the surrealist tableau of black poverty & the women in between” (The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, Haymarket Books).    


A printmaker and collage artist, Brim-Bell exhibited both poetry and monoprints in Jazz: An exhibition of Poetry, Prints, and Photography at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery in New Haven, CT, and Sheroes, in partnership with the Alliance of Women Veterans at the Grove in New Haven, CT.  She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Indolent Arts Foundation based in New York City, is a past Board Member of OneWorld Progressive Institute, and a past President of the Board of Directors of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT.


Additionally, Brim-Bell hosted a series of Black History Month television programs for the OneWorld Progressive Institute.  She is also a former guest host of Patrick Oliver’s Literary Nation Talk Radio (KABF 88.3, Little Rock), for which she interviewed a variety of entertainers, literary figures, political pundits, and community developers.  A sought-after speaker, editor, educator, and consultant, Brim-Bell is a Professor of English at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT. 

Publications & Prizes

Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (Everyman, 2012)
44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States (Third World Press, 2011)
In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself. Volume 8 anthology (MW Enterprises, 2010)
Not a Muse (Haven Books, 2009)
Just like a Girl: A Manifesta (GirlChild Press, 2008)
Cave Canem Anthology 2004 (Cave Canem, 2004)
These Women You Gave Me (Indolent Books, 2017)
Icarus in Love (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2013)
Psalm of the Sunflower (Willow Books, 2009)
Drunken Boat
Reverie: Midwest African American Literature
River Walk Journal
Southern Women's Review
The November 3rd Club
Tidal Basin Review

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Newark, NJ
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Last update: Aug 21, 2022