Thank You For Supporting #BLM Part II

Fight For Our Lives rallied for Black Lives Matter with a second reading in partnership with Hugo House, and what a powerhouse evening!

We're incredibly thankful for our four outstanding poets Jalayna Carter, Luther Hughes, Natasha Marin, and M'Bilia Meekers. Support Black stories and Black writers by buying their books and supporting them on social media.

Our feature nonprofit or grassroots organizations were Creative Justice, King County Equity Now, and Black Lives Matter-Seattle-King County.

Stay tuned for our next reading as we continue to #FIGHTFOROURLIVES.


NATASHA MARIN ( is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. This year, the City of Seattle and King County have backed BLACK IMAGINATION-- a series of conceptual exhibitions.

M'BILIA MEEKERS ( With roots in Belgium and Sierra Leone, M'bilia Meekers is a queer black poet from New Orleans, Louisiana. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, and The Watering Hole, her verse has previously appeared in the New Yorker, Guernica, the Adroit Journal, Arc Poetry Magazine, Tinderbox, and more.

LUTHER HUGHES (, born and raised Seattle, is the author of A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). Founder of Shade Literary Arts, and Executive Editor for the The Offing, he co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat. His work has been published in Poetry, Paris Review, The Rumpus, New England Review, and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

From St. Louis, MO, JALAYNA CARTER ( studied literature and journalism in the Midwest before moving to Seattle and pursuing nonprofit communications. The 2018 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and 2019 Artist Trust GAP recipient is fascinated by experimental trends in poetry. Her work has appeared in Dryland, Puerto Del Sol, Reality Beach, the 2Leaf Press anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and the 2018 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. She’s most recently had the honor of reading poetry for the Pacific Northwest-focused literary journal, Moss. More of her work lives at