Faylita Hicks

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Spoken Word Artist

San Marcos, TX 78666

Author's Bio

Faylita Hicks (pronouns: she/her/they) is a queer black writer, mobile photographer, and performance artist.

The author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Slate, Huffington Post, Texas Observer, POETRY magazine, Color Bloq, The Rumpus, Foundry, Prairie Schooner, Kweli Journal, The Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review,The Austin American-Statesman, Glass Poetry Press, Lunch Ticket, Matador Review, and others.

The managing editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, she is a 2019 Lambda Literary Writing Retreat Fellow for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, and a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts “Culture, Too” Gender/Sexuality Fellow. She was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award, the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, and the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Annual Poetry Prize. She received Catapult's Inaugural 2019 Black History Month Workshop Scholarship, participated in the 2018 Open Mouth Readings Retreat, and the 2018 Speakeasy Nonfiction Workshop. She was recognized and presented as a State Poet at the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival. In June 2019, she released ONYX, her spoken word companion EP for her debut poetry collection.

The Founder/Creative Director of Arrondi Creative Productions, Hicks is an artist on the roster for hip-hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment. In 2017, she was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grant for her monthly event series, SMTX Ripple Market, which provided performance and exhibit opportunities to women, POC, and those identified as LGBTQ-IA over the course of 36+ local and regional events.

The 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam, she was a member of the 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam Team and won several individual regional competitions. Her visual art has been exhibited in the Texas State University Gallery of the Common Experience, Insomnia Gallery in Houston, Dahlia’s Gallery in San Marcos, Patio Dolcetto in San Marcos, and featured in Five:2: One print magazine.  

She received her MFA in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency program and lives in San Marcos, Texas. She is currently at work on a memoir.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Huffington Post
Texas Observer


HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019)

Spoken Word

Oysters and Chocolate Magazine (2012)
Rip Da Mic Tour (2011)
Austin Poetry Slam Team 2009 (2010)
EXSE Spoken Word Showcase (2010)
Austin International Poetry Festival (2009)
EXSE Spoken Word Showcase (2009)
Rock The Republic (2009)
Women of the World Poetry Slam (2009)
Women of the World Poetry Slam (2009)
Zonta's Human Trafficking Awareness (2009)
Expressions of the Mind, The Parish Room - Austin, TX (2008)
Lady Liberty's Backyard Bash, Quack's - Austin, TX (2008)
National Poetry Slam 2008, Austin Neo-Soul Poetry Slam Team - Austin, TX (2008)
Neo-Soul Lounge, Club Illusion - Austin, TX (2008)
Spitfest, Ruta Maya Coffee House- Austin, TX (2008)
Texas State Univeristy-San Marcos (2008)
Hip Hop Congress, Texas State University (2007)
Rip the Mic, Texas State University (2007)
Prizes won: 
  • 2019 Lambda Literary Writing Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow
  • 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts "Culture, Too" Gender/Sexuality Fellow
  • 2019 Catapult's Black History Month Workshop Scholarship Winner
  • 2019 Palette Poetry's Spotlight Award Finalist
  • 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship Finalist
  • 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Annual Poetry Prize Finalist
  • 2016 Write Bloody Annual Book Contest Finalist
  • 2012 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest Finalist
  • 2009 Austin Poetry Slam Champion
  • 2007 Famecast Webcast Season 3 Top 3 Finalist

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, In the Dream House by Maria Machado, Heavy by Kiese Laymon

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American, Mixed Race, Native American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Gardena City, CA
Raised in: 
Austin, TX
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Last update: Feb 25, 2020