This is the first book of poetry by collective 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE. They began their collective performing together across London, and have put their work on the page for the first time with FEM Press, FEM Zine's new independent publisher! Their four voices collide and diverge beautifully in this book, with poems divided into four lyrically rich chapters; ‘Silk’, ‘Saffron’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Temples’. The book explores the spaces we inhabit: the city, the home, our skins, our sexuality, and what it means to navigate these as women of colour.
Authors: Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sunnah Khan and Sheena Patel
Published by: FEM Press
Designed by: BK Imisson
Praise for 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE: 'Who says the Goddess slumbers, her eyes shuttered against the modern world? In this collaborative offering of new poems by brave voices, She sings, soars, and speaks her own name without fear. Sunnah, Sharan, Roshni and Sheena have given us verse patterned in henna, garlanded with gold thread, alive and alert to the complicated intersections of being both brown and woman in the world's gaze. See how the poems stare back, bold and honest utterances of home, shame, heartache, desire, and devotion. Read this collection to see what the contemporary goddess says when she opens her mouth. We're in a glorious age of Asian women's writing; work like this confirms it with confidence and promising fire.' - Shivanee Ramlochan, Shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Debut Collection for Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting.
'This is such an important book. The collective voice of 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE is powerful and poignant, all at once political, angry, intimate and vulnerable. I have been waiting a long time to read a collection of work that lays witness, in such an honest way, to the lives of the women I am, I know and I love.' - Shagufta K Iqbal, author of Jam is for Girls.
Also stocked at the London Review Bookshop, Daunt Books, Burley Fisher Books, The Broadway Bookshop (Hackney), and Pages of Hackney
104 pages, uncoated paper