The Poetry Project

Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, the Cobalt Zora Neale Hurston Prize for Fiction, and the (2009) Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors. Woods is the author of four books including, 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country, The Albino Album ( all from Seven Stories Press), and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, which was first published by Fly by Night Press, a subsidiary of A Gathering of the Tribes, in 2008. Her work has received praise from the New York Times, The LA Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Review of Books, Booklist, and many other media outlets. She has appeared on The Young Turks, NPR’s 1A, Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang, and others. Woods has presented lectures and conducted and workshops at New York University (NYU), Mount Holyoke College, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech, Hugo, and the New School. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, LitHub, Electric Lit, Full Stop, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, and others. She has appeared as a featured author and performer at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Mid-Manhattan Public Library at 42nd Street, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, Elliot Bay, Bluestockings Bookstore, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She was also an active member of Butch Morris’ Chorus of poets for ten years. Woods began working at Tribes under the direct supervision of Steve Cannon in 2003. She spent eight years as a Tribes employee, and after her time as an employee ended, continued regularly volunteering for Tribes, including organizing Tribes’ Annual Charlie Parker Festival for ten consecutive years. Steve Cannon remained her mentor until his death in 2019. In 2020, Woods accepted the position of Executive Director of A Gathering of the Tribes.