Karisma Price is a Cave Canem Fellow and an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Four Way Review, Vinyl, Cotton Xenomorph, Wildness, and elsewhere. Originally from New Orleans, Karisma lives in Brooklyn. Along with Kwame Opoku-Duku III, she is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective, whose mission includes creating a reading series and leading workshops to help connect writers of color with their communities. Although she writes about several other things as well, Karisma thinks her poetry most often analyzes the inner workings of her family, toxic masculinity, and shedding a light on underrepresented figures in history and in her community.
When she’s not writing poetry, Karisma is a freelance photographer (you should check out some of her photos on her website) and writes screenplays. She also likes to watch (cry during) episodes of This is Us, listen to music, and teach herself how to cook. She is currently working on a series of poems about soul and blues musicians, a screenplay about a group of black teenage friends living in New Orleans post-Katrina, and will soon attempt to write a novel. Some of her favorite writers include Jericho Brown, Natasha Trethewey, Natalie Diaz, James and Franz Wright, and Lucille Clifton. Karisma is currently reading When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen, and just finished American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes–a collection she thoroughly enjoyed not only because it was brilliantly written–but because she read one aloud to her mother one night after work and they then created a ritual of reading a handful of poems each night ever since.
- “July, 2008″ / Poem of the Week, Narrative Magazine.
- “Reflections After Attending a Birthday Party” / Wildness
- “For My Brother” / Wildness
- “Things That Fold” / Four Way Review
- “A Woman Yells ‘Maxine!’ 14 times Outside My Brooklyn Window” / Cotton Xenomorph
- “C.J. Peete, Magnolia 2004” / Vinyl