S. Erin Batiste does Black Women's work. Born in California, she is a Southwestern poet whose writing traces her own matrilineage to explore various forms of Black femininity and feminism, inheritance, addiction, loss, loneliness, and nostalgia. Batiste is currently at work on her first full length collection, Hoard, which interrogates the devastating failure of the ‘1980s and ‘1990s Huxtable era of the suburbs and Black middle class. Using confessional poetry and storytelling, Batiste investigates and attempts to understand what happened to generations of Black American women, countless friends and their families, her own family, and even the poet herself, after losing half of them by age thirty, and later losing her mother and sister to hoarding. Her work is anchored around and centers Black Women's lives, deaths, discoveries, legacies, and shared, repeated narratives.
Batiste is the author of the chapbook, Glory to All Fleeting Things. She is the 2019 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Poetry and her recent honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Mastheads, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018 she was named a finalist for the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, and made the long lists for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She is a reader for The Rumpus and her Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominated poems are anthologized and appear in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Paper Darts, Peach Mag, and Puerto del Sol among other decorated journals.