About

Joselia Hughes (b.1988, New York, NY) is a disabled Afro-Caribbean writer and self-taught artist. Her mediums of practice include poetry, fiction, performance, drawing, painting, photography, video, zine-making and fiber work. She examines languages of finitude; instruments abstractions to surface conditions of disabled Blackness; and interrogates play reclamation as a means to examine societal perceptions and values regarding ability, chronic illness and disability. She’s performed at bookstores and art centers around New York City including The Strand, Bronx Art Space, Participant Inc, National Sawdust, Leslie Lohman Museum and the Poetry Project. Some of her writing has appeared in Apogee Journal and Ocean State Review. Her first full length poetry manuscript is forthcoming on Inpatient Press.


Readings & Performances

2020

Microcosmos: A Zoom Reading Series, Everywhere the Internet Touches, April 5

Audre Lorde: A Celebration of a Black Lesbian Mother Warrior Poet at Cult Party, Brooklyn, NY, February 23

2019

heartbeats.exe :: abstract [body] at Peninsula Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, November 8

Poetry at the Baumann IX, Brooklyn, NY, October 18

Stage Garden Rumba at Taqwa Community Farm, Bronx, NY, August 24

Absolute Love at PARTICIPANT INC, New York, NY, July 21

Kitchen Islands for Happy Family Night Market, New York, NY, July 13

Baby Universe (co-curator) at Footlight Bar, Queens, NY, April 19 

Sparkle Nation Book Club at Larrie Gallery, New York, NY, April 18

L'Rain Residency at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, April 5

Book Row, Brooklyn, NY, April 4

A Love Letter Reading 7 at POWRPLNT, Brooklyn, NY, February 14

Sincere Hate Zine Release at Baby Castles, New York, NY, January 16

2018

Molasses Books, Brooklyn, NY, October 19 & November 15

Crush Curatorial, New York, NY, October 13

Final Fantasy at Friends and Lovers, Brooklyn, NY, September 25 

Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY, September 15

Shoestring Studio, Brooklyn, NY, July 14

The Strand, New York, NY, July 11

New Women Space Open Mic, Brooklyn, NY, June 1

Odiosas Open Mic at Bronx Art Space; Bronx, NY, April 20

Art Books, Interviews & Publications

2021

Poem: JAW[N]BONE SOUP, The Hard Work of Hope, Mass Poetry

Two poems: EATING AT ANOTHER TABLE BLACK_SPACE’D (#5 BORON) & EATING AT ANOTHER TABLE (#4 BERYLLIUM), Apogee Journal: 15

Interview: Leste Magazine: Issue 10, Dan Shapiro and HOLEPLAY

2020

Poem: JAW[N]BONE SOUP, Poems and Texts, The Poetry Project

Newsletter: Black_Space'd , self-published, digital

2019

Micro essay: Ten Women Weight In On What They Learned About Love in Their Twenties, Madamenoire, digital, December 13

Poem: "An Abstract to Solange" in Ocean State Review, print 

Zine: Vitamin See, self-published, 59 print copies, July 21

Zine: For Lovers Who Need More Than They Get, self-published, 15 print copies, Jul 21

Interview: Five Questions Interview, digital, May 25

https://fivequestions.club/post/184987067512/joselia-hughes

2018

Art Book: Traumagrams: A Book of Abstractions, self-made, August-November

Zine: Heartbeats But No Air, self-published, 85 print copies & digital edition , July 11

2012

Zine: HbSC, self-published, digital edition

2011

Micro essay: "Concealed Revealed: In The Bedroom", Jewish Currents: Summer & Autumn, print

Zine: An Unraveling, self-published, digital edition

Group Exhibitions


2020

Group show: “Occupation: Artists in 2020” curated by Morgaine De Leonardis at Smush Gallery

2019

Group show: "My Body Is A House That We Live In" curated by Ezra Benus at Gibney Dance Studio


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