Face Me: a declaration

Face Me: a declaration

Olivia Keenan


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Face Me: a declaration reveals the complexities of a mixed race identity through religion, sex, American history, and colorism. The poems in Face Me reject any white supremacy that dictates Biblical interpretations, historical truths, and beauty standards. This collection of poems follows a journey that begins in uncertainty, but concludes in celebration. Within its pages, declarations are unwaveringly signed and spoken. Black bodies are praised and exalted. Faith is reexamined and reclaimed. And Face Me exists not as a question, but as a command.


Olivia Keenan:
Olivia Keenan is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing a degree in Biology, with the intention of being pre-med. Olivia is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her parents and two sisters. From a young age, she has been inspired to write about racism and the unique position of being a Black woman of mixed race. In high school, she was involved in slam poetry, and has continued performing spoken word at UVA. Some of the most incredible poets she has ever met come from her college poetry classes and UVA's Flux Poetry club. This is her second shot at writing a poetry book, but her first one called "what love does" was a self-published chapbook, for which only 50 copies were printed.