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Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet daughter of CA. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.
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Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has an MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, was published by Co-Conspirator Press in 2020. In 2021, she was selected for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices & writers, and was a Creative Fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. She is the 2023 recipient of the SFF/Nomadic Press Literary Prize in Poetry. Her second book, the delicacy of embracing spirals, is forthcoming with City Lights in the Fall. Her works can be found in Foglifter, Interim Poetics, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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I was fortunate to have really cool parents. My mother was an avid reader, and she encouraged
that in me. They appreciated how scholarly and passionate I was about books, so I didn’t have
to hide anything. I do remember people telling me to put the book down, and go play outside
more often.

“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” Zora Neale Hurston, Their
Eyes Were Watching God

I’m a mixed bag. It all depends on my moods, but mostly clean. I can’t work with any mess
around me.

Worry is a useless emotion, and sleep is too essential.

I have a secret (not so secret) ambition to become a master at my craft. Many folks are
talented at writing, some are even gifted, but I believe what separates a good writer from a
great writer is endurance. My ambition is to become one of the greats; with time and

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