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Shalewa Mackall

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Shalewa Mackall poem


Shalewa Mackall is inspired by aesthetic traditions and creative movements that recycle, repurpose, and reinvent. Layering identity and experience, Mackall writes, teaches, bakes, choreographs, and performs in Brooklyn. A two-time VONA/Voices Alum, she is currently developing a literary and performance project weaving the threads of movement, memory, and magic into an exploration of her personal narrative of life as a Garifuna-American woman in midlife. Her poetry has appeared in Lament for the Dead and The Visible Poetry Project and has been performed as part of the 50in50 Project. Follow her work at

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