- Yesha Townsend, Poet
Yesha – pronounced eye-sha – is a Bermudian writer. She received her B.M. in music composition and an M.A. in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. In Fall 2020, she began lecturing in the English Department at Bermuda College, teaching Freshman Composition and Studies in Bermudian and Caribbean Literature. She has served as the mentor and coach for the Bermuda National Youth Poetry Slam Team by way of The Chewstick Foundation’s youth poetry program ‘Break the Chains.’ Her work has been published in The Bermudian Magazine, BerMemes, the Bermuda Anthology of Memoir & Creative Non-Fiction and Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing. She has performed as a rapper, poet & prose writer; notably at TEDxBermuda 2015, the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY 2016 and LeroyFest 2015 & 2016. She’s in a band called DONNA. Her writing explores queerness through the lens of the black Caribbean experience. She writes of home, of hurricanes, of Bermudian history, mythology and folklore, and curates a space for others to do the same at Still Vexed (www.stillvexed.com).
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