Crystal Kinistino is a poet and lover of the written word. She has been previously published in Decanto Poetry Magazine and Indie Blue’s “We Will Not Be Silenced” Anthology. She maintains a feminist blog @ https://medium.com/the-velvet-fist. She is inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton. She is a proud lesbian, radical feminist and half-blood Cree woman residing in the treaty #1 territory of Canada.
How does being an Indigenous lesbian affect your writing?
It is important as words matter and they have meaning. Who we are as females has often been co-opted and colonized by the patriarchy, and this remains true. People are free to express themselves along any spectrum of perceived gender and that experience is valid in itself, but we mustn’t conflate gender and sex, as the two, though closely related are not the same. Being a lesbian concerns an inherent female reality which is unique in and of itself. I was grateful to see Smitten as a project put emphasis on that, as it does matter since the lesbian voice has often been excluded from many sectors of society.
What does it mean to you to be part of something like SMITTEN and have your work alongside other women who love women?
It means I get to be a part of a collective of women who are courageous and creative in their candor. This proves we are not just a fantasy in some unimaginative man’s head. We have variegated and complex experiences which are individual and unique. By gathering our voices from across the oceans and the ages, SMITTEN has allowed us to reclaim the narrative of women loving women in a way that is authentic and empowering.
Crystal Kinistino maintains a stunning blog on WordPress and her unparalleled poetry will be among other talented poets in the anthology SMITTEN coming out at the end of this month. SMITTEN will be available via all good book stores. For latest information on SMITTEN please follow the SMITTEN page on FB
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SMITTEN poet, Crystal Kinistino – On being part of SMITTEN: “It means I get to be a part of a collective of women who are courageous and creative in their candor. This proves we are not just a fantasy in some unimaginative man’s head. “
Hell YES, what a great sentence:
“This proves we are not just a fantasy in some unimaginative man’s head. We have variegated and complex experiences which are individual and unique.”
Counting down the days… x
I hadn’t seen her blog – just did – love the title – following
That’s so cool- lucky you- following her right after this comment! X
She’s INCREDIBLE Ruth and luckily one of my best friends. Follow her on WP if you don’t already, you will be blown away by her work.
My favorite poet hands down do you follow her blog Bob? She’s amazing and also my dearest friend for years
Crystal is indeed an amazing woman and I’m glad to know here irl. She has a wonderful, questioning, reasoning mind.
She is GOOD!
So well said and completely agree. She’s my heroine.
So glad. You won’t regret it
Thank you all!
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