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Camisha L. Jones

Dispatches from the Intersection of Hurting & Joy


14 Apr 2019  •  Performance Space New York, New York

Writing that shows us that, even in struggle, there is light to be let in.


Camisha writes “dispatches from the intersection of hurting and joy,” says poet Sarah Browning. Her poetry explores the wonder, resilience, and betrayal of the body, and, in the words of Jennifer Bartlett, reminds us that “the body and mind are not static.” Born from the author’s experience with recurrent and escalating hearing loss and chronic pain, her writing breaks silence around unapparent disability as it grapples with what it truly means to be capable and to make peace with one’s limitations in a society that equates disability with brokenness. It shows us, even in struggle, there is light to be let in.

Camisha L. Jones is the author of Flare (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems – which often center experiences of hearing loss, chronic pain, gender, and race – are published at The New York Times,, Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Typo, The Quarry, and elsewhere. Camisha is Managing Director at Split This Rock, a national non-profit in DC that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes change.

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Image Description: Camisha Jones smiles while sitting on a cement surface at the edge of a lake in a park. A blank open journal sits on her lap with her overlapped hands resting on top of it. She has brown skin and her hair is styled in twists. She wears glasses, brightly colored earrings, several bracelets, and a necklace with a v-neck purple dress.