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Letta Neely

Performing Artist at #HellaBlack Vol. 6: Sacred

Black. Lesbian. Mother/Father. Auntie/Uncle. Poet. Playwright. Performer. Drapetomaniac. Letta’s first play, Hamartia Blues, was produced by The Theater Offensive at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2002. Her plays “Last Rites” and “Shackles & Sugar” have been produced in Boston, Philly, and Los Angeles. In addition to the chapbooks: gawd and alluh huh sistahs and When We Were Mud, Letta has written two books of poetry, Juba and Here (Wildheart Press). Her literary work has been included in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and bathroom stalls. As a member of the Traces/ Remain Ensemble with Deen Rawlins-Harris, she collaborated with Toshi Reagon’s Emerson College residency: Parable Path Boston to develop the Seed to Harvest Book Project. She is the editor and scriptwriter of Ife Franklin’s “The Slave Narratives of Willie Mae” (book and film). Letta is the Story Weaver in Residence at Emerson College’s Elma Lewis Center and hosts FireWater Poetics. She is a co-artistic director at Fort Point Theatre Channel; a member of the Her Story Is collective; and a co-director of the Revolution of Values Theatre Project with Greg Allen. She is the Executive Director of Apprentice Learning.