Black Girl, Call Home


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Berkley Books
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5.0 X 7.6 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jasmine Mans is a Black American poet, artist from Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her debut collection of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012. Mans is the resident poet at the Newark Public Library. She was a member of The Strivers Row Collective.


"You are carrying in your hands a Black woman's heart."
--Jericho Brown, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Tradition

"Mans takes up the tools of Brooks and Sanchez into her good hands and chisels us an urgent and grand work, proving why she's the favorite poet of all the girls in the back of the bus."
--Danez Smith, author of National Book Award finalist for poetry Don't Call Us Dead

"This book is a haven for all the Black daughters out there, hoping to make sense of the power and powerlessness in their bodies, the connection to others' bodies, and the moments of everyday life that comprise so much of our identities.
--Morgan Jerkins, New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing

"These poems both explode and glimmer on the page."
--Clint Smith, author of NAACP Image Award finalist Counting Descent

"The collection is so steeped with tenderness, it feels intimate and wholly relatable."
--Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family

"Delving into heartbreak, community, family, race, queer identity, sexual violence, feminism, and celebrity, Mans' poems are startling and unforgettable."

"Jasmine Mans pulls at all the threads of who she is as a Black queer woman from Newark, unravels herself, then puts herself back together via clear, precise language that brooks no argument...Black Girl, Call Home moves from vignette to cultural criticism to ballad to eulogy to memoir with grace."

Mans' story feels universal in so many ways.
--Real Simple

"Writing in surefooted verse, Mans refuses to allow our stories to be misunderstood."
--Dr. Alysia Harris, Pushcart nominated author of How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars