Photo Credit: JRH

Hey! Who are you?  Hi. My name is Joselia Rebekah Hughes. I'm a Mad and disabled Afro-Caribbean descended writer, student, artist, and educator based in the Bronx. I live with sickle cell disease and ADHD. I'm one of the poetry editors for 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 slip and hop in lineages of Black disabled aesthetics and linguistics. Employing myths, oral traditions, fiction, serious silliness, vernacular conveyances, and archetypes of The Fool, I question and provoke perceptions and values regarding chronic illness, Madness, neurodivergence, and disability. Where do they show? Who do they show in? Why do they occur? What do they portend? My other  practicing mediums 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 pursuing an MFA in writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. I'm also writing, conducting interviews for The Creative Independent, creating verbal descriptions for individual artists/institutions, and tinkering with wood panels, markers, gouache, flashe, and colored pencil.

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