"Congratulations to Jamaica Baldwin, Winner of the 2021 RHINO Editors’ Prize for her poem, “Father Weaver.”"
- RHINO Poetry
“But light isn’t the surest way home. / We’ve grown accustomed to the ease of it, as if ease was the point / of living, grown idle in our new skins, forgetting our nocturnal ways. / Every now and then in a dream, I remember what it felt like to see / in the dark beyond what the light reveals, to see how perfect we all are / in the absence of its confidant gaze”
Jamaica (she/her/hers) hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, World Literature Today, The Adroit Journal, The Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, was the winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry, and was a runner up for the 2020 Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a focus on creative writing, African Diaspora Literature, and Women and Gender Studies.
"As the nurse fills out the intake form, the ocean speaks your name," Ruminate
TMR: Leila Chatti, Jamaica Baldwin; Pleiades: Blas Falconer, Courtney Faye Taylor; 1-70 Review: Hadara Bar Nadav, Jenny Molberg; The Laurel Review: Gary Jackson, Dorothea Lasky; Bear Review: Ruth Awad, Megan Merchant; Boulevard: Bryan Byrdlong, Ron A. Austin; River Styx: John Moessner, Erin Saxon; New Letters: Liane Strauss, Rebecca Foust