Saretta Morgan

Artist in Residence, 2019

A person sitting with a furnished room in the background.

Artist Statement

I write and study poetry that challenges the images produced and normalized through anti-Black economic, biological, and mythological narratives. I work to understand the particularity of what various narrative forms render visible, and I think about the need to recognize and account for even the most subtle narrative forms. For instance, the narratives produced through pharmaceuticals, hair care, financial debt; each of these enacts their own processes of organizing people, space, and values that materialize into lived experiences. I rely on hybrid forms and broad interpretations of narrative to produce new meeting grounds, both physical and affective locations, for imagining Black living and its possibilities. My first full-length collection, Plan Upon Arrival is forthcoming from Three Count Pour/Selva Oscura in 2020. Other publications include Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017).

While at Headlands

In response to my recent relocation to the Sonoran Desert, I’m completing a book-length love poem that addresses the inseparability of geographic shifts and social organization. The military architecture at Headlands is deeply connected to my childhood and the tension produced between strict, hierarchical organizations of bodies and the intimacy that constantly threatens to undermine such structures.

Selected Work

Excerpt from Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018)