Faylita Hicks

Artist, Teacher, and Writer in San Marcos, Texas

Faylita Hicks

Artist, Teacher, and Writer in San Marcos, Texas

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She/ Her/ They

Official Bio

Faylita Hicks is a black queer writer, mobile photographer, performance and Hip-Hop artist from San Marcos, TX. She was the 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam. Her manuscript was a finalist in the Yes Yes Books Open Reading Period and the 2016 Write Bloody Book Contest. In 2018, her work was a finalist in the 2018 Cosmonaut Avenue Annual Poetry Prize. She was also an inaugural Open Mouth Readings Writing Retreat participant and was awarded a SAFTA Residency. Her debut book, More Blood Than Bone, is forthcoming Fall 2019 with Acre Books.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Slate Magazine, HuffPost, POETRY Magazine, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Kweli Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Matador Review, American Poetry Journal, Five:2:One, Pidgeonholes, Lunch Ticket and others.

Her visual art has been exhibited in the Texas State University Common Experience Gallery and Insomnia Art Gallery and featured in Five:2:One Art & Literary print magazine.

She is the founder and Creative Director of Arrondi Creative Productions and an artist on the roster for Hip-Hop Collective Grid Squid Entertainment.

In 2017, she was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grantfor her monthly event series, SMTX Ripple Market which provided performance and exhibit opportunities to Women, POC and those identified as LGBTQ-IA.

She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College’s Low Residency program and lives in San Marcos, TX while working on her debut collection, More Blood Than Bone.

Philosophy:

I consider it my job to document not only my experience but the experiences of others through my visual and literary work. I use my resources and creative stamina to question the audacity of my existence as an educated, queer woman of color in a world that has historically denied my value.