SIMONE IVORY is a poet and interdisciplinary artist with deep roots in Boston, MA. Her debut poetry collection, Testify, was published by Octopus Books in 2017. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry fellowship in 2020. Simone's creative practices include co-creating events and installations through UnBound Bodies, a multidisciplinary QTBIPOC arts collective; supporting Hive Soul Yoga, a POC-centered wellness community; and producing archival audio projects. Learn more about her work at simonejohn.com.
FLOWERTHIEF is a multimodal healing artist living in Boston. They are currently a spiritual organizer with the Black Lotus Collective, 1/2 of future-soul duo Optic Bloom, a graduate nursing student, and an “everymedia” collage artist. They aim to channel and embody the powerful wisdom of beings who revel in blackness, and thrive in the liminal.
AUNTIE'S BABY IS
an audio poem that uses family phone calls and cinematic audio production to open a portal into Black storytelling. In this work, Simone Ivory and Flowerthief evoke depth and intimacy while showcasing Black Boston across generations, ultimately inviting us home.