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Friday Feature: Angela Redmond-Theodore

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

Angela Redmond-Theodore is a poet whose work is inspired and influenced by her cultural and familial Ancestors. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa. Her poetry has appeared in The North American Review, The Comstock Review, The Tishman Review, Obsidian, and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online. In the west central community where she and her husband reside, she is known as a teller of stories—African folktales and the narratives of those who survived the horrors of enslavement. She is a proud member of the African American Heritage Society of East Pasco County (Florida) and the National Association of Black Storytellers, among other organizations.

Old Blood, Still Running

If our memories are blood

all this time, all this time

like the rivers, the ancient rivers

all this time, all this time

the Nile silted with our grandeur

all this time, all this time

the Congo carving secrets

all this time, all this time

the Mississippi daring us

all this time, all this time

If our memories are rivers,

the oceans should speak our minds by now

our children should know their names by now

we should know where we stand by now

All this time, all this time, all this time


Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.


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