The Poetry Project

Zenzele Isoke

Zenzele Isoke looks directly into the camera, smiling, standing in front of a muraled wall, just out of focus.
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Zenzele Isoke is Associate Professor and Chair of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Drawing from the ideas of Black decolonial thinkers, Isoke writes the contemporary history of cities through the political struggles of self-identified Black/queer creatives and activists of the Black diaspora. Her essays and poetry have been featured in several peer-reviewed journals and anthologies including Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Gender, Place and Culture, Feminist Anthropology, and Palimpsest Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International. She is the author of Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013).