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About the Author
Kwoya Fagin Maples is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in a chapbook, Something of Yours, and in several journals and anthologies, including Blackbird, Berkeley Poetry Review, African American Review, pluck! and Obsidian. Maples teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
"This is a powerful book that illuminates one more complex, disturbing chapter of the African-American experience, a nineteenth-century white male physician's gynecological experiments on female slaves. Mend is a brutal story, lyrically told in the voices of three of those women, and its author has memorably created both a painful reminder and a beautiful tribute." -- Kim Addonizio, from the runner up citation for The Donald Hall Prize
"Maples' skill as a poet pours through every page of this book. This is difficult material, but she illuminates it with carefully shaped lines and flowing prose poems. Her voice is vivid, urgent. Every line is powerful. Mend is necessary and magnificent." -- New York Journal of Books
"With Mend, Kwoya Fagin Maples is equal parts teacher and poet: releasing a part of history that needed to be told, she's brought dignity and light to the women of Mt. Meigs; further, she's urging readers to learn and listen, to not repeat the ugliness hidden in our white-washed past. This is a must-read book for anyone, timeless and worth any praise Maples may yet garner for it." -- Alabama Writers' Forum