Thea Matthews

Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based poet, activist, and educator of Afro-Indigenous Mexican heritage.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea is the author of Unearth [The Flowers] (Red Light Lit, 2020).
Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Atlanta Review, The New Republic, and others. Currently, she is an MFA Poetry candidate at New York University and editor of For Women Who Roar magazine.
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The following printed poem was read during this interview.
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  1. […] Thea Matthews lives in Brooklyn but spoke to us from San Francisco where she was born and had traveled to spend some time during this difficult year. When the lock down began in March, Matthews was already in San Francisco and in the process of applying to graduate school. She then moved to New York but finds herself navigating a relationship with someone in San Francisco and so she travels there frequently to see her partner and her family. Matthews is a poet and educator whose debut poetry collection is titled Unearth [The Flowers]. Through poetry, Matthews self-affirms her body and her life as well as breaking stigma and silence and claiming things such as survivorship visibility. She interviewed survivors and activists – those who have overcome sexual violence – infusing this thread with nature and the symbol of flowers – the first medicine. Each poem embodies a particular flower and through that flower flow the memories. To hear more about Thea Matthews writing, including some live reading of her poems, listen to the complete interview. […]