Our third chapbook finalist is SASHA BANKS, for her manuscript, Madwoman Temple. Check out (and share!) a sneak peak of the manuscript, above.
Sasha Banks found poetry in the bottom of her shoe, when she was 13. She comes from Ohio by way of Alaska, by way of Germany, by way of California. She lives, writes, and eats fried plantains in Texas where she taught on the high school and university levels and founded the Verbal Arts student-writing program, in 2011. After graduating from Texas Wesleyan University in 2012, she self-released her first collection of poems entitled, The Blood Arsenal. She has shared the stage with Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Mahogany L. Browne, and recently opened for Roger Bonair-Agard. Sasha was named winner of the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam’s first ever Lit Slam, in which she was awarded publication in the San Francisco literary journal, Tandem. She loves Stevie Wonder and long walks to the refrigerator.