My Familiar 

Kamilah Rashied
Gloria Talamantes-Data
Zakkiyyah Najeebah
Felicia Valentine Mings
Dionne Milton
Sheridan Tucker
Shelby Stone
Sydney Stoudmire


My Familiar is derived from the title of Alice Walker’s 1989 novel, The Temple of My Familiar. This story interweaves multiple narratives dealing with issues of patriarchy, womanhood, history, relation and relationship. The goal of this collective is to galvanize, support and perpetuate the creative enterprises of and social networks surrounding women of color who contribute to the cultural capital of Chicago. Projects include #BringHer: a social hour and storytelling event, and The (Original) Nappy Hour; a networking and workshopping event for queer, trans and cis identified women who are creatives of color.