Alumni Portrait Librecht Baker

Interview with poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist Librecht Baker, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College. 

Artist Statement

Self-sovereignty is an option with which I thrive and build upon to create an existence in my own vision. I reclaim my birthright to build alternate realities inherent with deeply rich complexities. Central to creating is a malleable livelihood that allows for questions and transmutations so that I remain faithful to naming nations within, faithful to what resonates, faithful to my truth. This is my medicine. 

 I invest in reshaping boundaries while acknowledging the potential limitations in their constructs. I work with the variations of what I know and harp my perspectives of existence. I aim to be communally inclusive so the works' words seep mantra-like with their stories' universality. I maneuver with an assemblage of personal, researched and witnessed cargo. My sensibilities reach from the pit of my desires where what appears to bone black bones is a nourishing container for herstories that arrived before as well as those yet to be midwifed to their breath. 

These aspects I share are leaves summoning branches rooted in servicing what I believe. This is my self-ordained privilege and a threshold I remember, comeback to, and journey through in order to arrive invoking actuality; a practice of summoning my whole self. With offerings of the celebrations, challenges, teachings, and growths I've been continuously gifted, I return to open space for healing.

Librecht Baker is a Long Beach, CA writer. Dembrebrah West African Drum & Dance Ensemble member. English Instructor. VONA/Voices & Lambda Literary Fellow. Sundress Publications' Assistant Editor. Poetry is included in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape, Emerge: 2015 Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology, Thank You for Swallowing Volume 2 Issue 2, and Solace: Writing Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color. A one-act play, "Lineage Undone," will be part of the 2017 Eastside Queer Stories Festival in Los Angeles.

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