PUBLICATIONS

ABOUT ME 

Poet, Writer, Activist, Creative and Nurse. Daughter of Valerie Boykin. Granddaughter of Bertha Brandy and Gladys Boykin. Mother of Ajani and Aryana. Grandmother of Lilith. 

POETRY COLLECTIONS

“Love, Lyric and Liberation” 

This collection combines my love of words, storytelling, and resistance.

Exploring topics like; space-travel, black-femme militancy and motherhood.

 

“Visual Poems” 

This collection uses sketch, graphic design, photography and poetry to tell

a complete story in one cohesive piece.

 

“Odes to F*ck Boys” 

A series of poems that explore the complexities of self-love; lost, rediscovered and redefined.   

 

“Haikus for Melanated Humanoids of African Ancestry

Who Currently Reside in the Ghettos of America

 Each of these poems and visual pieces attempt to capture the highs and lows of

being born in black skin on stolen indigenous land. An experience sold to many
but only embodied by a few.

 

ACTIVISM

Co-Founder of APTP (Anti Police - Terror Project) An organization committed to the eradication of police terror in all of its forms.

 

Founding member of the Capital City Black Nurses Association.

Sacramento chapter of National Black Nurses Association.

 

Program Director and  Co-Creator of MH FIRST (Mental Health First) a mobile

mental health crisis response team aimed at minimizing police contact

with those who are in the midst of a mental health crisis.

 

“Black Mamas Media Fellowship.” Author and instructor of the

“Pedagogy of Black Women in Modern Media.” A fellowship that

explored the reclamation of the story of black motherhood in the era of social media. 

 

Founder of Community Care Collective a collective of radical healthcare workers

and allies who are dedicated to creating Anti- racist systems of care.

3C is committed to exposing the cultural and procedural effects of institutional racism

and seeking out opportunities for accountability and equity. 

 

PUBLICATIONS & OFFERINGS 

Changing Womxan of Color: 2019 (Poetry)

 

Denver Quarterly,  Issue 54, number 4: 2020 (Poetry and Visual Art)

 

805 Lit, 19th Amendment Issue: 2020 (Poetry)

 

The Black Woman is God, Re-configure, Re-imagine and Re-remember: 2020 (Poetry and Visual Art)

 

Tofu Ink, Spring Issue: 2021(Poetry)

 

Sustaining the Soul of Activism, “ Reflections From the Frontline”: 2018 (Essay)

 

Jaded Ibis Press, Bending Genre Issue: 2019 (Poetry and Video)

 

The Appeal, “California Needs A Community Response to Mental Health Crisis”: 2020 (Article)

 

“ComfortSeeking Missiles” Black Lawrence Press: 2022 (Essay) 

 

The Black Woman is God: 2020 (Poetry and Visual Art)

 

The Black Woman is God: 2021 (Visual Art)

 

Decomp Journal: 2022 “Yaa Negrita” 2022 (Visual Art)

The Green Book: Navigating To Freedom - The California Museum.

Featured Artist “Untitled” 2021 (Visual Art)

 

CAL-MATTERS “New model needed to meet mental health needs of our communities” https://calmatters.org/commentary/2022/01/new-model-needed-to-meet-mental-health-needs-of-our-communities/

 

AWARDS

Black Girl Magic Award” from Psychologist for Social Responsibility

 

“Solutions of the Year” from NextCity.org

 

“Anthony F. Logan Award” For outstanding contributions by a community partner to

public interest law and client communities from Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

of the San Francisco Bay Area 

 

“Excellence in Nursing Award” from UC Davis Medical Center 2020 and 2021

 

“Black Wellness Award” from Sacramento Gender Health Center 

 

“Best Award” UC Davis Medical Center: 2019, 2021 & 2022

“Berkeley Slam Winner” March 16, 2022

 

INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES AND MENTIONS

 

SACRAMENTO OBSERVER

http://sacobserver.com/2021/02/sistahs-on-the-frontlines-asantewaa-boykin/

 

THE INDEPENDENT

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-nurse-covid-19-racism-b1776344.html

 

IDAH NYC

https://www.idha-nyc.org/events/2020/9/14/decarcerating-care-taking-policing-out-of-mental-health-crisis-response

 

AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION: 2018 & 2020

https://www.summits2020.com/

 

OAKLAND PEACE FESTIVAL BY NOMADIC PRESS

https://m.facebook.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2FOaklandPeaceFestival%3Frefsrc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bing.com%252Fsearch&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2Fsearch&_rdr

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCE HUB - ONE MILLION EXPERIMENTS

https://communityresourcehub.org/resources/one-million-experiments/

 

Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/talking-about-trauma/202201/alternatives-police-involvement-in-mental-health-crises?fbclid=IwAR1R8804Jtc9e3iDn_iHZPL_2w2STUhKQONSF5GCIIPpmY197-E9Y_oxNbU

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