J.R Hughes (b.1988, New York, NY) is a Black Caribbean-american writer and self-taught allodisciplinary practicing craftswoman living in Sickle-cell SC disease. Utilizing  creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, anagramming, tweet threads, visual and performance art, knitting and archival study, she works to untangle the language(s) of liminality; instruments abstractions on the conditions of Blackness; interrogates reclamation and refusal through play; and reappraises societal perceptions of ability, chronic illness and disability to imagine and concretize alternative passages of survival and living. She’s performed at bookstores and art centers around New York City including The Strand, Bronx Art Space, Participant Inc, and National Sawdust.

Readings & Performances


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


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


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


Newsletter: Black_Space'd , self-published, digital


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



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


Zine: HbSC, self-published, digital edition


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

Zine: An Unraveling, self-published, digital edition

Group Exhibitions




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

September 25-October 10

Using Format