political-romantic poet, author of A Church Beneath the Bulldozer (New School Poetics, 2014) womanist, painter, avid As Told By Ginger watcher, teaching artist, Cave Canem fellow and former chapter co-chair of Black Youth Project 100 Chicago. Kush Thompson writes bathwater-influenced poems of resistance; centering often on the machinery of human emotion. Voted runner-up best local poet of 2014 by The Chicago Reader, one of The Root's 2015 Young Futurists, and a 2017 Luminarts Creative Writing Fellow, Thompson's contributed to showcases both nationally & internationally, including The John F. Kennedy Center’s What’s Goin’ On Now tribute to Marvin Gaye featuring John Legend and the late Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings for First Lady, Michelle Obama. In the fall of 2014, Kush Thompson joined, as a German consul, the Berlin-based Wort.Word.Lich collective for its first ever bi-lingual showcase tour. Kush is the co-facilitator of The Lady Church; a series of monthly meetings servicing women & femmes. Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.