Ra Malika Imhotep

Emerging Writers’ Residencies Artistic
Type of work
Literary Artist

Ra Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer and performance artist from Atlanta, Georgia deeply invested in Black storytellin’ practices and the ways our bodies make sense of language. As co-convener of an embodied spiritual-political education project called The Church of Black Feminist Thought, Ra facilitates spaces of critical reflection with the work of Black feminist world-makers. While in residence Ra will be working on a hybrid work of creative nonfiction that speaks to and with “the illustrious Negro dead” inspired by correspondence between Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B DuBois. In 1945, Hurston envisioned a sacred ‘resting place’ for Black genius nestled in the lush geography of the South. Ra’s project will be an effort to write towards that space by weaving together pieces of poetry and prose written in tribute to different Black folks who, in life and death, have marked Ra’s engagement with the world.