Spring 2021 Contributing Artist Statements

Tiffany Babb

“As a queer, mixed-race writer, I am interested in moments of uncovering what has been buried or ignored or forgotten. I think of my writing as an attempt to reach into the fog and solidify it. My writing is driven by the attempt to slow the ever increasing unknown. Robert Frost wrote that poetry “a momentary stay against confusion.” He didn’t expect poetry to be the answer to all questions or even a step on the path to great enlightenment. It was a momentary stay, not a cure. Though I recognize that I construct an identity out of a history that may not be true, I can still create a foothold into my history as I understand it.”

Tiffany Babb is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic. She’s a regular contributor to The AV Club’s Comic Panel and the Eisner Award winning PanelxPanel Magazine. You can find her poetry in Rust + Moth, Third Wednesday Magazine, and Cardiff Review. You can follow her on twitter @explodingarrow and sign up for her monthly newsletter at tiffanybabb.com/puttingittogether.