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Reclaim My Name
Aris Kian is an inaugural member of CoogSlam, 2019’s 4th in the nation collegiate poetry slam team. Her work is published in Underground Journal, Panoplyzine, Defunkt Magazine and Write About Now. She is an Emerging Writers Fellow and has co-hosted poetry workshops for Writers in the Schools in Houston, Texas. She received her BA in English and is currently an MFA candidate for Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Her work focuses on the intersection of Blackness and academia, African-American lineage and mythology, and the reclamation of the English language.