We are pleased to announce our 2016 - 2017 Editorial Board. Help us welcome Nikki Patin, Casey Rocheteau, and Ebony Stewart! Over the next year, they will help guide the literary content of the TORCH Journal and offer additional feature writing on our blog and social media outlets.
Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune and on international television, Nikki Patin has been writing, performing and educating for almost 15 years. She has taught hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and many others. Patin was featured on the fourth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the 2006 Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam. Her editorials and essays have been featured on Chicago Public Radio and The Feminist Wire. In 2009, Patin headlined a tour of her one-woman show, “The Phat Grrrl Revolution” throughout New Zealand and Australia. In 2015, she made her directorial debut at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. She has released several chapbooks, a full-length collection of writing and design, two EPs and a full-length album entitled “Bedroom Empire.” She is the founder of Surviving the Mic, an organization dedicated to creating safe space for survivors of trauma of all kinds. Nikki Patin has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Her work can be found at www.nikkipatin.com and www.phatgrrrlrevolution.com.
Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. She was the recipient of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014. She has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. She is an Artist in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit. Her second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016.
Ebony Stewart is a touring performance arts spoken word poet and active artist in the Central Texas slam poetry scene and theater arts community for over ten years. She has coached Austin Neo Soul and Austin Poetry Slam, finishing 1st and 5th at the National Poetry Slam and They Speak Youth Slam finishing 8th in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin Texas has shared stages with many brilliant artists including the late Amiri Baraka. Featured in the “Texas Observer”, “For Harriet” and “The Agenda: working for LGBT economic equality”, Ebony has published The Queen’s Glory & The Pussy’s Box and Love Letters To Balled Fists. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her first one woman show, “Hunger” at The VORTEX Theatre, which was nominated for a B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Original Script and won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. The former Sexual Health Educator with the resting bitch face sometimes known as The Gully Princess, writes because she has to and eats cupcakes for fun. #storyoftheblackgirlwinning