Annika Hansteen-Izora

Meet Annika, the author of CO–CO Press’s newest release Tenderness: An Honoring of My Black Queer Joy and Rage. Read to learn more about them, see their stunning photos, their reflections on what tenderness beyond white supremacy looks like, and when they feel most themself.

Age / Location / Pronouns
26 / Brooklyn, NY / they/she/he

When do you feel most yourself?
When I’m at a dinner table with my friends, conversating over a meal we prepared together. When I’m reading my writing out loud to other people that love language.

If you were a world famous chef, what would your signature recipe be?
Something colorful and crunchy and warm. A slice of toast toasted in butter, slicked with brie and apricot preserves, decorated with pears, honeycrisp apples, figs and edible flowers.

What’s your go-to outfit at the moment?
My blue tie-dye ankle socks, bright orange cargo pants with 50 pockets, lime green long sleeve, checkered bucket hat, and at least 11 pieces of gold jewelry.

When was the last time you felt tender?
On Sunday I checked in with some friends on a pattern I’d been noticing in our relationship that’d begun to heavily weigh on me. We talked about it together and I felt so safely held in our conversation. That was tenderness for me. 

What’s the last thing you read that you enjoyed?
I’m currently working through Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, by Daphne A. Brooks. Every chapter is a gift.

Purchase your copy of Tenderness: An Honoring of My Black Queer Joy and Rage here!


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