Zenaida / Founding Executive Director

Zenaida is a fire starter, a green witch and a queer of color who has made a habit of performing poetry competitively, coaching, teaching and organizing artist spaces. Zenaida is the author of Breakfast for Dinner and other Blasphemous Things and is a Button Poetry contest finalist for We Weren’t Ghosts. Zenaida believes in creating space for the marginalized and silenced because they do not want to be quiet anymore. Zenaida unwrites the lies they’ve  been given. Zenaida also unwrites violence, misogyny, racism and their ancestors curses.

Sara Mae / Executive Director

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Sara Mae is a Taurus sun and crystal witch currently trying to ground herself in Boston, Massachusetts. She is known to be a public cryer, otherwise known as a slam poet. She is the 2017 IWPS rep for Slam Free or Die, a 2018 Emerson College CUPSI team member, and a 2018 Boston Poetry Slam NPS team member. She is a head organizer for the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) Organization. Her work is published or forthcoming via Tinderbox, Peach Mag, Breakwater Review and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Priestess of Tankinis is out in July via Game Over Books. She believes in the magic of blue bicycles and orange lipstick. She hopes you think her bangs are not too long.

Sarah Nwafor / Co-Tournament Director

Sarah Nwafor is a Nigerian-American child who descends from witches and village chiefs. Conjuring spirit through their poetry, Sarah writes of Black Identity, diaspora, queerness, womanhood, healing, and the heavens. Sarah Nwafor is apart of FEMS open-mic volunteer staff, has featured with FEMS, was apart of the 2017-2018 Wellesley College CUPSI Team, has been published in the Wellesley Review, and  can be found performing at open mics across Boston, and on Instagram/twitter.

Nora Meiners / Co-Tournament Director

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Nora Meiners is mostly all ears and maybe some words. Which is to say she wants to read/hear your poems most! She has competed as a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam, 2014 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam National teams, and performed as a showcase poet on finals stage for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam in Flagstaff. She is an occasional open mic host at the Cantab, a board game enthusiast and mom to a 10 year old who inspires her to write a brighter future into all of her poems. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Ayah / Crisis Manager

Ayah (she/her) is a woman of Palestinian and Syrian descent. She is committed to grass-roots work that centers those of marginalized identities, with a particular focus on folks living at the intersections. She is passionate about promoting health and wellness in her community through education and access. Ayah is joining the FEMs team as the Active Listener/Crisis Manager.

Jeni / Accessibility Coordinator

Jeni (she/her/hers) is a queer fem Taurus as well as a sexual violence and disability activist. She works at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center on the intersection of these issues, specifically ensuring services for survivors with disabilities are accessible. She also helped coordinate access for the Boston Women’s March in 2017.

Lauren Lopez / Sponsorship Liason

 

Lauren Lopez is a recent college graduate from Long Island, New York. They majored in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and are staying on their feet because of the three points of Libra in their chart. Even if they miss the bagels, they plan to stay in Boston for the foreseeable future to annoy Red Sox fans and live in basements.

Maya / Youth Coordinator

 

 

Maya is a poet currently residing in Portland, Maine. She recently graduated with a Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Applied Arts and Social Justice. She is so excited to join FEMS as an organizing unit to support young feminine poets at the tournament this year.

Sól / Volunteer Coordinator

Sól (they/them) is a mixed genderqueerdo community organizer & brujx. they were born & have ancestral roots in ‘venezuela’ & are consistently navigating diaspora blues ~ their radical queerness extends to plants, the Earth and their commitment to community. they believe femininity is a medicine our heart needs and poetry is an elixir our future deserves.

ibiene / Web Wiz

Ibiene (ee-byeah-neh) (she/they) is a queer femme Nigerian immigrant and writer; full-time revolution and part time connoisseur of loose-leaf teas. Her physical body resides in Long Island while her spirit self can be found dancing in fairy circles. She’s currently pursuing her Creative Writing degree and hopes to go full Ph.D someday  to the rancor of misogynists everywhere. Her writing has been featured in Hooligan Magazine, LUNA and her campus newspaper where she served as Opinions Editor and had too many opinions about lots of esoteric stuff. Mostly she writes about dissonance in identity, palm oil and how womxn discovers her body, but she’s still convinced that her best work is the sonnet she wrote for her dog in pure Klingon. As a moon Pisces her hobbies are crying at everything the sun shines on and writing love letters to strangers; she will gladly cry over you and write you one too.

FEMS Board

Carlie Bristow / President

Carlie Bristow is an artist, museum educator, youth development professional, and creative collaborator in Boston. She is the co-founder of artist collective Make Art and Cry, manager of poetry and cooking duo Adobo-Fish-Sauce and the Teen Programs Associate at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston where she leads their creative youth development programs. In addition, She proudly serves on the board of Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) and co-founded The Cauldron, a monthly communal meal encouraging people to stand in their power through self-care and building community. As an artist, she is focused on creating art where food, the body, intimacy, voice and silence collide through performance art, video, and photography. She is particularly interested in creating spaces of creativity and fostering artistic expression through self exploration.

Jazzy Dena / Social Media Manager

Jazzy Dena is a queer afro-chicana from Los Angeles. Jazzy is a visual artist and runs social media for fems and often does fems artwork! She is anemic!

Annie Binkovitz / Secretary

Anna Binkovitz is a proud queer, disabled, Jewish witch that loves protecting femininity and fellow fems. They are still in shock that they get to work with FEMS and all these dreamy organizers. Anna is from Minneapolis, currently living in New York for an MFA at Sarah Lawrence. Talk to them about acrylic nails, femme rage, and mac and cheese.

Andrine Pierresaint / Treasurer

Andrine Pierresaint is a queer  spoken word artist from Dorchester, MA. She is the 2017 Louder than A Bomb Indie slam champion. She was on the MassLeap team that represented MA at the BNV international competition in California, taking 2nd place. She is currently a teaching artist with MassLeap and runs monthly workshops for pre-teens in Somerville. She is on a youth job campaign with YJPU ( Youth Justice in Power Union) and is the youth coordinator for the organization FEMS (Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam) and on their board.