KB is a poet, essayist, cultural worker, and Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition. They are the author of How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022) and Freedom House (Deep Vellum Publishing, 2023). Follow them online at @earthtokb.
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH A WOUND is a chronicle of poems through which the speaker chronicles their experiences — of Blackness, queerness, transness, class — and the spaces between. There is no doubt that due to various forms of inequity and colonialism, society views certain identities as "wounds", but what does it mean to define yourself outside of the pain of being marginalized? In this book, KB recognizes inequity and subverts it. In this book, the main speaker tells their own stories, and they don't shy away from the complexities of harm and the mess that it leaves.