Philana Imade Omorotionmwan (o-more-o-tune-wha) is writing to save her body and spirit from a world that seems hell-bent on destroying them.
While her past writing is strongly aware of and often about the darkness of the past and present, she is beginning to write towards imagining a future in which black bodies and spirits will no longer be policed and destroyed. In other words, she is working toward creating writing that is
Writing that is itself freedom and home.
She was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but has called the Bay Area, Appalachia, and the Midwest home at different times in her adult life. You can view her artistic statement, professional bio, and writing resume, here.