During our first round of publications in 2019, we found community and spirit through our deep collaborations with Co—Conspirator Press authors—Sarah Lyon, Veronica C. Ratliff, Gabrielle Civil, and Meenadchi.
We’re thrilled to announce CO—CO Press’s 2020-2021 authors Mimi Tempestt, Kamala Puligandla, Sonia Louise Davis and Annika Hansteen-Izora. Stay tuned for more information.
MEENADCHI(Meenadchi/they/them) has 10+ years experience in trauma services and crisis stabilization. In December 2018, Meenadchi was invited to become Co-Conspirator Press’s inaugural author with the workbook Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication. Meenadchi’s DNVC practice lays the groundwork for a somatic approach to unpacking internalized systems of oppression, to divest from shame, and to find radiance and care in our communication.
SONIA LOUISE DAVIS(she/her) Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis is a visual artist, writer and performer. She has presented her work at the Whitney Museum (NY), ACRE (Chicago), Sadie Halie Projects (Minneapolis), Visitor Welcome Center (LA), Ortega y Gasset (Brooklyn) and Rubber Factory (NY), among other venues. Residencies and fellowships include the Laundromat Project’s Create Change Fellowship (NY), Civitella Ranieri (Italy), New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (Brooklyn), Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice (NY), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Artist in Residence Program (NY), and the Studio Immersion Fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (NY). An honors graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, African American Studies) and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Sonia lives and works in Harlem.
KAMALA PULIGANDLA(she/her) Kamala Puligandla is a writer and editor in LA. She writes autobiographical fiction and essays on queer love and futures. Kamala is currently the Communications and Marketing Director at the Feminist Center for Creative Work, and is well-known for her contagious laughter, her iconic hairstyle and her easily undone heart. Her first novel, Zigzags, came out from Not A Cult in October 2020 and You Can Vibe Me On My FemmePhone is her second book. Find her at kamalapuligandla.com.
SARITA DOUGHERTY(she/her) is a painter, collaborator and educator of Cajun, Irish and Andean descent. Sarita is the founder of the The School for the Ecocene, offering a DIY PhD and more programs for planetary liberation. She currently lives and cultivates habitat with her daughter, partner and community on Ohlone Land. Sarita’s book, A Textbook for the Ecocene, is a continuation of her Artist Residency at The Feminist Center for Creative Work in Fall 2018.
MIMI TEMPESTT(she/her and they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Critical/Creative PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, launch with Co—Conspirator Press in November 2020. She was chosen for Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices for poetry in 2021, and is currently a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her works can be found in Foglifter, Luna Luna Magazine, Chaparral Press, and Reclamation Magazine.
GABRIELLE CIVIL(she/her) is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world including in Puerto Rico, The Gambia, Ghana, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Mexico where she lived as a Fulbright Fellow. She is the author of the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019) and was lead contributor to Experiments in Joy: a Workbook (2019). Her writing has also appeared in Dancing While Black, Poem-a-Day, Small Axe, Art21, Obsidian, Kitchen Table Translation, and New Daughters of Africa. A 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist, she teaches creative writing and critical studies at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.
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VERONICA C. RATLIFF(she/her) V.C.R, born Veronica Camille Ratliff, is a multidisciplinary recording artist, musician, and published author that uses music and literature to inspire and uplift her audience. Born into a musical family in Memphis Tennessee, she was classically trained in violin and gospel choir beginning at age five. Homeschooled, her mother taught her to read and write which inspired her to cultivate her creative gifts until present day.
V.C.R uses her eclectic musical background to carefully craft songs that are not only healing and one-of-kind but direct tributes to her favorite singers and composers such as Minnie Riperton, JDilla, Chaka Khan, and Tchaikovsky. The hybridization of her direct influences, gospel, soul, funk, and classical music combine to birth her own genre called "Cosmic Soul". Her dreamy movie-like approach to her projects takes the listener on a journey through her thoughts transporting them to their own universe.
In 2019, V.C.R wrote her first book entitled The Creative Black Woman’s Playbook which is an interactive workbook that was written to inspire generations of black women to cultivate and monetize their creative gifts for the good of all mankind. This book sold out of 300 copies within the first few months.