Interview with outspoken poet Staceyann Chin: ‘We have to challenge each other to talk’

Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin performing “Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires” with her characteristic intensity and passion. (Photo: Richard Termine)

BY GLENNISHA MORGAN
Huffington Post Gay Voices

Over a decade ago, Staceyann Chin burst onto the scene with Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. Sharing the stage with other prominent poets and hip-hop artists, she garnered a Tony Award for her performance.

Chin, known for candidly revealing her frustrating childhood in Jamaica — a country known for homophobia — said she became aware of a growing interest in her experience as a Jamaican lesbian immigrant. In 2010, she released her critically acclaimed memoir, “The Other Side Of Paradise.

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