1-844-NOT-Z00M archives


Vol. 1



Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician, and filmmaker. Poetry collections include Mad for Meat, Bend to it, The Monster I am Today (forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books), and The System Must Be Tried. Some published essays include On Fire: Five Meditations on Opera, Open to interpretation: fifteen notes on form and failure, On the Genesis of Poetry & the New Black Masculinity, and Seven for Kwame. Simmonds edited Collective Brightness and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. Simmonds is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and based in San Francisco, California.


Professor Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa is a Zimbabwean scholar, composer, singer, and healer based in Philadelphia. Working in classical Southern African and classical Western vocal traditions, Prof. Tawengwa’s storytelling serves to bridge Zimbabwe’s past and present, in order to inform a self-crafted future. Prof. Tawengwa is the inaugural Creative in Residence at Castle of Our Skins, and a doctoral candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky.


Angelica Garcia is a Salvadorian-Mexican-American singer-songwriter. Her music merges ancestral Latinx and pop sounds. Garcia has released two full-length albums Cha Cha Palace (2020) and Medicine for Birds (2016). Singles include “Karma the Knife” (2018),  “Jicama” (2019), and “Agua de Rosa” (2020). Garcia also wrote music for the television series “Vida.” Garcia is based in Richmond, Virginia.