Photo by Sutikare
Founder and Editor, SeeingBlack.com
Esther Iverem is an award-winning journalist and author. Her most recent book is We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006 (De Capo Press). A former staff writer for several publications, including The Washington Post, New York Newsday and BET.com, she is founder of SeeingBlack.com and a producer and host for WPFW Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC.
She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a National Arts Journalism Fellowship funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and an artistís fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is also the author of two books of poems, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home and Living in Babylon, (Africa Word Press).
In 2010, she further expanded her creativity as a visual artist with a one-woman show and the launch of legacyquiltsandart.com to showcase her quilts and other fiber arts. A native of Philadelphia and a New York City veteran, she now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.
Living in Babylon" is Esther Iverem's critically praised second volume of poems. Esther Iverem "asks the most important question of the 21st century—which America Is America? Iverem teaches one how to turn pain into power and power into poetry"
—E. Ethelbert Miller.
Her first book of poems and photographs, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home (Africa World Press, 1994), received positive reviews, and she has been featured in Black Issues Book Review, on MSNBC.com and on the Tavis Smiley Show. She is a contributor to numerous anthologies, including Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, edited by Kevin Powell and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African American Poets, edited by Clarence Major. Her poem, "What Do You Believe In?" was broadcast internationally as part of the October 2003 March on Washington on the National Mall.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Columbia University.
To send Esther Iverem e-mail or inquire about speaking dates: Iverem@SeeingBlack.com
To purchase a signed copy of The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home, send $12 to:
1750 Columbia Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
To purchase a signed broadsheet of the poem "What Do You Believe In," send $10 to the above address. Please indicate what your payment is for and include the address where the sheet should be sent.
All snail mail (including checks from all manner of arts and progressive patrons) can also be sent to this address.
All proceeds will directly benefit the work of Iverem and SeeingBlack.com. Thank you!