Faylita Hicks (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist crafting poems, essays, photography, digital art, spoken word, and narrative short films that translate progressive anti-carceral policies into imaginable outcomes.
Born in South Central California and raised in Central Texas, they use their intersectional experiences to advocate for the rights of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people by interpreting policy’s impact on the individual. Centering restorative storytelling techniques, they focus on decolonized strategies for healing, justice, and liberation.
They are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the forthcoming poetry collection A Map of My Want (Haymarket Books, 2024), and debut memoir about their carceral experience A Body of Wild Light (Haymarket Books, 2025).
The former Editor-in-Chief of Black Femme Collective and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, they are a voting member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs and the Songwriters and Composers Committee for the Texas Chapter. Hicks is also the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Black Mountain Institute, the Tony- Award winning Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Civil Rights Corps, Lambda Literary, Texas After Violence Project, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA. Faylita is a 2022 recipient of Art for Justice’s New Visions for Shared Safety grant, allowing them to create work that envisions a world without mass incarceration.
Their poetry, essays, and digital art have been published in or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry, Slate, Texas Observer, The Slowdown Podcast, Yale Review, amongst others. Their personal account of their time in pretrial incarceration in Hays County is featured in the ITVS Independent Lens 2019 documentary 45 Days in a Texas Jail, and the Brave New Films 2021 documentary narrated by Mahershala Ali Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.