We are thrilled to announce that H. O. Tanager Press will be publishing Good Morning, Hood Warning, a book of selfies and words, by Siaara Freeman in 2017!
Since the soft announcement on Facebook last weekend, which coincided with Siaara beginning to offer workshops on selfies and words, people have been asking how this book idea came together.
But this book was so clearly in need of existing, it’s just surprising it hasn’t come together sooner.
Siaara Freeman is a performance poet who has been active for years in the slam community affecting audiences, inspiring poets, and giving the deepest of side-eye when necessary.
Siaara is doing great things with her formal poetry. She’s starting a journal, she’s holding workshops, she’s getting published, and thank goodness she’s still appearing on slam stages.
I’ve been following Siaara on fb for years now, ever since we were both doing our hair in a bathroom before a bout. The idea that the Press would love to publish a work of her selfies, with her fb and instagram posts, had been on my mind for a while… but I was really still thinking of it from afar. Until Siaara posted that people thought she took too many selfies, but that she posted them because she wanted a record that she was alive. She’s loved a lot of people who aren’t anymore.
“The Drug Dealer’s Daughter” is probably her most famous poem. She wrote it a while back. The verses that bracket the poem say that the drug dealer’s daughter loves mythology.
Since she wrote this poem, I think a lot of people have been watching Siaara create new myths, new archetypes even, through all of her work and especially through her selfies. And we need archetypes that don’t exist yet, to give people strength to survive and become the fantastic humans they are meant to be.
The hero’s journey doesn’t always look like a structured plot line, and still love is love no matter what.
Stay tuned for more on Good Morning, Hood Warning! We are so glad that this project is coming into existence.