Layla Benitez-James


Layla Benitez-James is a 2022 NEA fellow in translation and the author of God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode but He Had to Make Sure, selected by Major Jackson for Cave Canem’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and published by Jai-Alai Books. More writing can be found in Black Femme Collective, Virginia Quarterly Review, Latino Book Review, Poetry London, Acentos Review, Asymptote Journal, and Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Books.

  • May 5, 2022 Layla Benitez-James
    Three cards from Courtney Alexander’s tarot deck, the Three of Blades, Young Coin (the collage includes the eyes of Misty Copeland), and the Ace of Staffs. How do images shape us culturally and a…
  • Layla Benitez-James
    André Leon Talley, E@L of Vogue backstage at Tuleh | Courtesy of Glam Media / Flickr. A poet traces fashion editor André Leon Talley’s influence on her work and life. On January 19, 2022, An…