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The Collected Dub Poems of D'bi Young Anitafrika - Global Launch Events

Spolrusie Publishing is thrilled to announce the April release of D’bi Young Anitafrika’s newest work, dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi.young anitafrika, to be launched with a short book tour: Dublin Ireland (April), Toronto Canada, London UK and Lillehammer Norway (May), Bristol UK and Berlin Germany (June), Malmo Sweden (July).

What does it mean to self-recover? How do we decolonize our bodies?

Where do we turn for spiritual guidance? When is it right to fight for what you believe in? From whom do we learn how to love?

How do we hold ourselves accountable for the harm we cause?

Is it our responsibility to create new systems of emancipation as we tear down old oppressive ones?

d’bi.young asks us to consider these urgent questions in her new book dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi.young anitafrika; continuing Dub poetry’s legacy of connecting the dots between self-development, artistic activism and social change. The volume features three of her previously published books: art on black (Women’s Press, 2005), rivers & other blackness between us (Women’s Press, 2007) and OYA (Spolrusie, 2015). It also includes a new title, I aint dead yet, (only available in this collection), featuring monologues and scenes from her most celebrated theatrical productions.  David Austin - independent scholar and author of the recently published Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018) -  authors the Foreword.

As a queer Black feminist performance artist, educator, and mother, d’bi.young possesses a unique voice that crosses cultural boundaries and transcends artistic disciplines. Her work fiercely and compassionately navigates the personal within the political; the micro within the macro. Her poetry, theatre and Anitafrika Method have been challenging and inspiring global audiences for over two decades. d’bi.young’s new volume of  collected dub poems chronicles the continued evolution of her Dub poetics.  

d’bi.young’s poems propose words... raucous, reverberating as both weapons and redeeming instruments… Pamela Mordecai

d’bi’s poetry courses along its own path…delightful and disturbing...raw power and boundless revelation…Blakka Ellis

d’bi.young is the first true child of Dub poetry... Lillian Allen

d’bi is an electric wire and a grounded soul...Sheri-D Wilson
d’bi is the Dub Schola…Motion

The collection broaches a wide range of themes and theories including Anti-Black Racism, Biomythography, Black Feminist Thought, Childhood Sexual Trauma, Critical Race Theory, Depression, Dub Theatre, Emancipation, Gender and Sexuality, Homophobia, Jamaican Diaspora Experience, Love, the Maroons, Motherhood, Misogyny, Pan Africanism, Post-Colonial Theory, Post-Traumatic Stress, Queer Theory, Social Change, Revolution, Self-Love, Self-Recovery, Spirituality, and Suicide.

Author Bio

d’bi.young anitafrika is a globally celebrated queer Black feminist Dub poet, theatre maker, educator & activist. Born & raised in Jamaica, she moved to Canada at fifteen years old. During the past twenty years, d’bi.young has written, performed & published numerous collections of poetry, plays & Dub albums that decry racism, classism, misogyny, homophobia and neo-colonialism. She is a triple dora-award winning Canadian Poet of Honor & Womxn of Distinction in the Arts. Founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Canadian Black theatre conservatory, Watah (2008-2018), & founder and creator of the Anitafrika Method - an emancipatory praxis for self-recovery, creative growth, and leadership development. Having taught the method worldwide, d’bi.young is presently engaged in further research on pedagogies of artist training,  as part of her postgraduate studies in London UK. Her latest projects include a new monodrama: Concrete Jungle, and two new books dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi young anitafrika (2019) and dubbin theatre: the collected plays of d’bi young anitafrika (2020).

Foreword Author Bio

David Austin is the author of Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018) and the editor of Moving Against the System, The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Pluto, 2018). He is the winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize. In Dread Poetry and Freedom - the first book dedicated to the work of this 'political poet par excellence' - David Austin explores the themes of poetry, political consciousness and social transformation through the prism of Johnson's work. Drawing from the Bible, reggae and Rastafari, and surrealism, socialism and feminism, and in dialogue with Aime Cesaire and Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James and Walter Rodney, and W.E.B. Du Bois and the poetry of d'bi young anitafrika, Johnson's work becomes a crucial point of reflection on the meaning of freedom in this masterful and rich study.

Spolrusie Publishing is a micropress based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in feminist and bqtipoc works.

dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi.young anitafrika

Spolrusie Publishing, Toronto, ON, Canada | ISBN 978-1-9990389-0-8  

Launching in Toronto May 2019

Dublin (April), Toronto, London and Lillehammer (May), Bristol and Berlin (June), Nottingham and Malmo (July)