I am Malachi Lily, Maggie Lily, Mother Hawkmoth, cutty black sow.
My mission: I am a shapeshifting queer poet, artist, curator, and moth who seeks to challenge others to go deeper. Through my artistry I hope to create works of art and literature that resonate spiritual light and combat our present day cravings for instant gratification, as well as tackle toxic individualism through Christian Mysticism and the Collective Unconscious via Active Imagination, myth, witchcraft, folklore, and fairy tales. This can take the form of visual art, poetry, journalism, or performance art. I want to promote a culture of thought and cultivate caring research, personal attention, and work that transcends beyond aesthetics. When I curate I seek to bring together not just works or performances, but people. In my programming I highlight works by marginalized people through events that are both vibrant in energy and thoughtful in content.
My accomplishments: I attended University of the Arts (Valedictorian, Class of 2017). I was the African Diaspora Collective President and through that I founded and curated "O:O Our Black Arts Festival" for the past 3 years, a festival for marginalized black artists ("othered others.") I was the first non-illustrator invited to participate in the University of the Arts ELY Illustration Thesis, where I received the 2017 Plastic Club Membership Award. I also curated The Barnes Foundation's 2016 December Free First Sunday, and still work for them as Agent assisting with acquiring talent for events.
As a poet I have been featured numerous times in University of the Arts' literary magazine: Underground Pool. I've also been an Editor's Choice for the 2017 Philadelphia Stories Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize, selected to read at the 2017 More Stately Mansions exhibition with CherPOP Gallery, was invited to read at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House in 2016, won best poem at the University of the Arts in 2015, 2016, and 2017, had my work featured in Z Publishing's 2017 Pennsylvania's Best Emerging Poets, was selected to introduce and work with 2015 Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo in 2016, and was also selected as one of 5 writers for the 2017 VICE Network Experience where I was sent to Cape Town, South Africa to work with musician Spoek Mathambo.
I was a featured artist and poet at the 2017 NYC Poetry Festival and participated in a performance art piece for the 2017 Headlong Performance Institute Exhibition. Additionally I was a visual artist/performer at the 2017 "Human Festival" in the Ice Box Projects Space, The Common Room's October 2017 First Friday Exhibition, and 2017 "Salamander Mask" Exhibition at Pilot Projects. I was commissioned to create a piece for the new outdoor "library," for Portland's Creeping Museum, as well as taught an Active Imagination Workshop at UArts and the Afrofuturist "Time Camp 001."