The Black Ladies Brunch Collective

The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is a group of Black women poets dedicated to creating spaces of joy and celebration as an act of resistance.

Collective members


Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet and Cave Canem graduate fellow. Her work has been published in the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the Delaware Poetry Review, pluck! - The Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture, TORCH Literary Arts, among others. She is currently working on her first collection, uprisings in a state of joy. Most recently she read her work on the Ulster BBC, and was featured at the Ormston House in Limerick, Ireland.

Anya Creightney, a Cave Canem fellow, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico with roots in Kingston and Copenhagen. A poet, editor and coordinator, she is a Programs Specialist at the Poetry & Literature Center in the Library of Congress.

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press, UK. Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. doaks is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee; her most recent poetry can be found in Chicago Quarterly Review, and in the Rabbit Ears: TV poems anthology edited by Joel Allegretti. Doaks received her MFA degree from North Carolina State University, and is currently teaching creative writing at Morgan State University. You can find her on Twitter @thedoaksgirl

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a Cave Canem fellow and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Committee for the biennial Split This Rock Festival and has been a semifinalist judge for the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud. Her work can be read in Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC; and the following journals: Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, Torch, Poet Lore and The North American Review. Her first collection Haint is published by Gival Press, and is the Poetry Awardee for the 2017 Ohioana Book Awards. Recently she has read on WAMU 88.5 The Kojo Nnamdi Show and at the Hay Festival Kells in Ireland. She lives in Silver Spring, MD. More can be read about Teri at

Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing, PHANTOM, Bodega Magazine, The Atlas Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Gigantic Sequins, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House, a Cave Canem Graduate fellow, and a former educator with the American Poetry Museum. She is the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and has received scholarships to The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, The Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference and other writing workshops and conferences. 

Katy Richey’s work has appeared in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, RHINO, The Offing and other journals. She received an honorable mention for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for Tubelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Poetry Award. She has received fellowships from The Cave Canem Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops and is the recipient of a Fine Arts Work Center Walker Scholarship for Writers of Color and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series open mic at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C., sponsored by Split This Rock Festival