About

Photo Credit: JRH

Hey! Who are you?  Hi. My name is Joselia Rebekah Hughes. I'm a Mad and disabled Afro-Caribbean descended writer, artist, and educator based in the Bronx. I live with sickle cell disease, auADHD, and an unspecified mood disorder. I'm one of the poetry editors at Apogee Journal

Can you tell me about your work? 

My practice is interdisciplinary. Foremost, I am a writer. I am commited to the propulsion of narrative and the subversion of wordplay to incite riots of resistance and steady fires of hope. I krip and hop in the lineage of Black disabled aesthetics and linguistics. Employing myths, oral traditions, fiction, serious silliness, vernacular expression, and archetypes of The Fool, I question and provoke perceptions and values regarding chronic illness, Madness, neurodivergence, and disability. Where they show. Who they show in. Why they express. What they portend. My other mediums of practice include video and photography, dance, black study, small sculpture, fiber-work, book making, painting and illustration. 

Have I seen you around? I've exhibited or shared work at MoCA Cleveland, Institute of Contemporary Art: VCU, Participant Inc., Lincoln Center, MoMA, Leslie Lohman Museum, Bard College, Swarthmore College, Whitney Museum of American Art, and elsewhere. My writing has been published in Apogee Journal, Massachusetts Review, The Poetry Project, Split This Rock, Blackflash Magazine, Leste Magazine, Jewish Currents, and Ocean State Review.

What are you up to? I'm writing writing writing, conducting interviews for The Creative Independent, creating verbal descriptions for individual artists and institutions, and having a great time learning alongside wood panels, markers, gouache, and colored pencil.

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