Rachel Atakpa is a poet and first-generation student at the University of Kansas studying English and Spanish. As a Ronald E. McNair scholar, Atakpa conducts research on queer Black women’s writing. At KU, she is the Editor in Chief of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities, a writing fellow & consultant for the writing center, Multicultural Scholar, and a seminar assistant for the honors program. Atakpa is the 2018 recipient of the Langston Hughes Award for Creative Writing in Poetry and Brosseau Creativity Award for Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Kiosk Magazine, The Shade Journal, Women, Gender, & Families of Color, Asterism, and Berkeley Poetry Review. Most recently, Atakpa became a Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellow and a University of Michigan Emerging Research Scholar. Her work engages with questions of body politics, materialism, and futurity and believes in intuition, love, and healing. After graduating, Atakpa will pursue graduate studies in English with the intention to do work in community rebuilding, prison abolitionism, child & adult literacy, and academia.
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