S. Erin Batiste

Hello! I'm S. Erin Batiste

Poet & Storyteller

West Coast bred.
Brooklyn based.
World bound.

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S. Erin Batiste is the author of Glory to All Fleeting Things, winner of the inaugural Backbone Press Chapbook Award. She is the 2019 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Poetry and her recent honors include fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Mastheads, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018 she was named a finalist for the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, and made the long lists for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She is a reader for The Rumpus and her poems appear in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Paper Darts, Peach Mag, and Puerto del Sol among other decorated journals.



Glory to All Fleeting Things | Backbone Press, forthcoming Summer 2019

“Reading Glory to All Fleeting Things makes me feel like I’m privy to instances and events not necessarily intended for my eyes to see, yet the biting language and imagery allows me to experience them, nonetheless. There is a depth and poignancy and vast array of explosions (both large and small) that highlight the landscape of this collection with “velvety midnight spirit” and “ferocious stars” that can’t be denied.“ — Advance Praise from Backbone Press Editors

“S. Erin Batiste’s Glory to All Fleeting Things is ornate, yet seems dusted in a thin film of sand, grit, and glittering silicate. As I read, what persisted was the sense that in Batiste’s world, waiting to take so much away, was a desert. And not just the Sonoran. Rather, the greater figure of loss that grinds away at the poet’s past, body, and name, seeking to bury what’s left under its shifty weight. Thus, despite all that is fleeting, Batiste gives us muchness via recursive series and collage, lists and restless experimentation. “[…It] isn’t enough that I’m here…,” she writes, but that she knows one day she’ll have herself a grave, and she wants that thing absolutely covered with flowers.” — Douglas Kearney, Buck Studies, Mess and Mess and, The Black Automaton



"At Trader Joe's in South Pasadena" | The New Guard, 2019 (forthcoming in print)

"Glow" and "Why Are Black Women Attractive" | Paper Darts, 2019

"About The Author, Part III," "Matrilineage," and "WANTED" | glitterMOB mag, 2018

"About The Author, Part II," "Glory to All Fleeting Things," and "How to Sever Yourself from Sorrow" +Interview | Puerto del Sol, 2018

"Future Dated Eulogy for the Carefree" | Haunt Journal of Art, 2018

"Date Night" and "The Yellow Jackets" | wildness, 2018

"A Record of Everything I've Outlived" | Peach Mag, 2018

"Questions Asked to Me When I Was Ten" | Cosmonauts Avenue, 2018


When + Where


The Mastheads Summer Finale | 2019 Resident & Featured Poet
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:00–8:30pm

Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Come celebrate the summer with us! Our five writers-in-residence will give a reading of the work they produced in The Mastheads studios this July.


The Mastheads Kickoff Party | 2019 Resident & Featured Poet
Monday, July 1, 2019 7:00–8:30pm
Hotel On North, 297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Come meet our 2019 writers-in-residence! Listen to the writers read from their work, learn what’s in store for our summer lecture series, and grab a copy of The Mastheads Reader: Volume 3! All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Honey Dipped Productions presents Girlhood | Featured Poet
Thursday, June 27th, 2019 7:30pm
Performance Space at Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street, New York, New York

This summer’s one night only event features a new cast of female+ poets and singer/songwriters debuting their original work all centered and celebrating coming of age. An hour of art followed by a complimentary wine reception on the rooftop garden!

Tickets are by donation. Honey Dipped Productions will be donating proceeds to Living Well, a local organization that seeks to assist women who have experienced the joint traumas of domestic violence and homelessness.

Secret Loft Showcase | Featured Poet
Thursday, June 20th, 2019 7:30–8pm: Open mic sign-up
8pm-10pm: Open mic and featured readers
Secret Loft, 137 West 14th Street, Buzzer SL, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011

LINEAGE | Featured Poet with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and t'ai freedom ford
Friday, June 7, 2019 7–9pm
Wendy's Subway, 379 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

LINEAGE is a seasonal event organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway, honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

Renegade Reading Series | Featured Poet
Friday, April 26, 2019 Doors 7pm and Reading 730–830pm
Cafe con Libros, 724 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Eclipsed Reading Series Presents: Awakening | Featured Poet
Thursday, April 18, 2019 7–9pm
St. Mazie's Bar & Supper Club, 345 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Another Vision: A Night of Lit + Art | Featured Poet, Flash Reading + Small Talk
Friday, March 29, 2019 8:30–11:30pm
Gather, 1733 SE 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Cave Canem at Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays | Featured Poet
Saturday, January 5, 2019 7:30pm
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor

Brooklyn Poets | Poet of the Week Feature

Puerto del Sol | Black Voices Series, Three Poems +Interview

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