“Over the past decade, I have faced the challenge of raising a transracial family in the South, reckoned with being descended from one of the largest slaveholding families in America, and faced the history of a nineteenth-century ancestor being lynched by the KKK. As I worked to assess these realities, I marveled at how my experiences were echoed in the trauma of a nation under siege from domestic terrorism, gun violence, and racism. In the spirit of healing, I share Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity with a public searching for answers to America’s complex racial dilemma.”
“In verse both free and deftly formal, Artress Bethany White
unflinchingly mines the notion of family: biological, blended,
constructed and decidedly American. She takes no prisoners,
or perhaps takes us all prisoners, kicking into the necessary
and discomfiting discourse of who we truly are—and how
we are tied together in awful, and also surprisingly beautiful,
Danielle Legros Georges, Poet Laureate, City of Boston
Artress Bethany White: poet, essayist, and literary critic.
“My Afmerica forces us to consider the cost of history, brutality, racism, accompanied by documented facts. In doing so, her work makes our bodies react with a nod, a jaw clench, a curse, a sigh, a held breath. White’s art is as evident as her keen use of form translates what the textbooks often miss. There is no overstating that My Afmerica is one of those books that should be studied as history, poetry, theory, and art. Artress Bethany White’s second collection of poetry should be committed to memory and passed down as a living, poetic, historical document.”
Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
"In her second collection, My Afmerica, Artress Bethany White grapples with the grief of generations of Black mothers in America." Jeneva Stone for Green Mountains Review
Artress Bethany White's recent collection of poety is both timely and timeless...[it] is a survival narrative that envelops the duality of the African American experience in the U.S. and the struggle for the American dream." Alley L. Biniarz for Harbor Review
White is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019), and the author of the collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Pleiades, Solstice, Poet Lore, Ecotone, and The Account. Her debut collection of essays is Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press, 2020).
Contact: Artress dot White at gmail dot com
"A well-written, powerful examination of America’s racial legacies.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Naming the beast is the first part of the battle. Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity is a reader’s guide to shifting from silent abuser to empathetic ally."
--Independent Book Review
“Talk about the right time to find a story… My copy arrived two months after Breonna Taylor was shot in her bed, three weeks after the first arrests for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, four days after the world watched George Floyd’s murder on video; in other words, right when the world finally seemed to wake up to the reality of race in America.”
--Mom Egg Review