Devyn Springer

Writer/Editor

Location icon United States of America

Angela Davis once said, "I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively." Similarly, I decided to write because I believe writing is one of the best ways for one actively engaged in the world around them to educate others. In this same vein, my hope in everything I write is for people to walk away from the words on the pages having learned something.

I am an Atlanta based writer, editor, artist, and published author of 'Grayish-Black: poetry from the ribs.' My work focuses on exploring the space where the socio-political meets the personal; the small place where race, class, sexuality, and art combine to create grand conversations on the ways in which systems of domination affect our every day lives; the often poetic and sometimes sobering realities of life as a Black, queer, Muslim navigating a world much too small for itself.

Portfolio
Medium
03/04/2017
The 'Alt-Left' Only Exists To Liberals - Devyn Springer - Medium

The conflation of the left with liberalism is a method of neoliberalism in the preservation of capitalism. It is within this conflation of leftism and liberalism, whether subconsciously through lack of proper political education or purposefully for the obfuscation of their own centrist positionality, the liberal creation of the "alt-left" is part of the historical assault on the left by those willfully apt to compromise with fascism.

Mondoweiss
03/12/2017
No space for Zionism

There is no space for Zionism in any movement which seeks to alleviate even an iota of oppression from marginalized people. There is no space, no room should be made, no platform to be held, for Zionism, which is diametrically opposed to intersectional feminism, both in theory and praxis.

Offtharecord
11/01/2016
WHAT IT WAS LIKE WATCHING MOONLIGHT AS A QUEER BLACK MAN (FILM REVIEW)

"Moonlight: A film that bounds between the intersections of race, class, and sexuality" For the entire thirty-minute car ride to the movie theater, my best friend and I, who is also a Black queer man, couldn't stop talking about how excited we were to finally see Moonlight.

Afropunk
07/21/2015
FEATURE: "#SayHerName: Keeping the Movement Intersectional", By Writer & Photographer Devyn Springer

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement sweeps across America and thousands of new thinkers wake up to the racial injustices committed in America, we have to make sure our conversation remains inclusive and intersectional. Many speak about black lives without ever mentioning the lives of black women and black members of the LGBT (especially trans) community, and this is a gross injustice to this civil rights struggle.

Afropunk
11/20/2015
OP-ED: A Thank You Letter To Missy Elliot

My first real dose of hip-hop that I can remember was at age 4. I was sitting in the back seat of my mom's '97 Honda Civic, and "Supa Dupa Fly" by Missy Elliott came blaring through the speakers.

Offtharecord
03/28/2017
A TALK WITH TRAPCRY ON MUSIC, DEFYING STANDARDS, AND NEW PROJECTS

Written by: Devyn Springer In a new class of of artists who are breaking from the traditional molds of hip-hop and R&B, words like "innovation" and "interesting" take on new meanings with different nuances. This up and coming class of artists are those who've not only existed on the int

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