The names of Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Elijah McClain emerge, phoenix-winged. In Los Angeles, police fire rubber bullets into peaceful gatherings
Erica Vital-Lazare is a Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Southern Nevada and has received grants and awards from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Hilliard Endowment, the Virginia Council of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council. Her work has been featured in Catalyst, Sojourner, Thrice and Callaloo II. She is currently editing Of the Diaspora, a forthcoming series revisiting classic Black works in literature with McSweeney’s Press and co-producer, along with veteran RJ journalist Jeff Scheid, of the photo-narrative installation Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas.