Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.
ARIANA BROWN is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020) and the debut full-length poetry collection We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. She holds a B.A. in Mexican American Studies and African Diaspora Studies from UT Austin, an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas (2022). Ariana is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion and owes much of her practice to Black performance communities led by Black women poets from the South. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years. Lesson plans, Spanish translations of her poems, and other resources are available on her website at arianabrown.com. Follow her work online @ArianaThePoet.