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Aurielle Marie Lucier

Founder & Artistic Director, It's Bigger, Inc | Poet | Hip Hop Scholar, The Evergreen State College

Location icon United States of America

Aurielle Marie is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer hip-hop scholar and a cultural worker. Through her work as a poet and an activist, she explores the uses of intimacy and ritual in the practice of Black resistance. Aurielle is a 2017 Roddenberry Fellowship Finalist, a Voices of Our Nation Fellow-Alum, a 2016 Kopkind Fellow, and a current Queer Emerging Artist-In-Residence at Destiny Art Center. Both her activism and artistry ground themselves in the afro-indigenous legacy of storytelling in the Deep South. She was chosen by Safiya Sinclair as the 2017 Poetry Prize Winner for Blue Mesa Review. She was and has been featured as a social-political pundit on CNN. Her essays and poems have been published in Blue Mesa Review, Selfish Magazine, in Scalawag, on For Harriett, ESSENCE Mag, Allure, NBC Blk, and Huffington Post. Her collection, Gumbo Ya Ya, won the Write Bloody Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured on a global host of stages, most importantly in her grandmother's kitchen.

Wear Your Voice
#QueerCripRollCall Helped Me Feel Seen By The People I am Kindred to

By Aurielle Marie "I'm curating a show for disabled poets, and I think you should feature," read the message from my friend and renowned poet, Kay Ulanday Barrett. A Filipinx-amerikan performer and activist, Kay had the kind of no-nonsense frankness that was both affirming and a bit intimidating. "Me?" I asked.


Dear White Men: Don't You Dare Come for Maxine Waters' Wig

When Gabby Douglas brought home gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics, one would have assumed the conversation among Americans would be about her spectacular performance. After all, gymnastics takes physicality, agility, and more than a hint of superhuman magic.

NBC News
OpEd: Pepsi and the systemic violence of capitalism

If there's one thing I've learned as an activist and organizer in the national movement for Black Lives, it is this: No protest is complete without a Pepsi... Or at least, that's an idea the fizzy drink brand would like you to adopt.


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