(Image: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tiden Foundations)

About a year ago on a rainy day, I decided to visit Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston to find Ms. Phillis Wheatley’s headstone. I found nothing. I searched for about two hours, studying each old stone with faded words and broken corners, and at one point my eyes started to water. I was holding a single rose I purchased in a flower shop that morning. A year prior to this in 2017, I was a year out of college, really unmotivated to write poetry and feared to not ever be published. During that April, I attended a panel event…

Serina Gousby

Serina is a writer, poet, and founder of The Rina Collective blog. She is the Development Associate and Boston Writers of Color Group Coord. at GrubStreet.

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