Marvin K. White is the editor of Justice Matters Press’ forthcoming anthology, Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Black Voices on Activism, Resistance and Love. He is a Masters of Divinity student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and the pastoral intern at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness, Status, last rights (finalist for Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award), and nothin’ ugly fly (finalist for Lambda Literary Award). White is a performer, playwright, visual artist, community arts organizer and seminarian. His poetry has been anthologized in The Road Before Us: 100 Black Gay Poets; My Brothers Keeper; Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians: New Gay Writing; Things Shaped in Passing; Sojourner: Writing in the Age of AIDS; Bum Rush the Page; Role Call; and, Think Again, as well as other local and national publications. He is the coeditor of If We Have to Take Tomorrow: HIV, Black Men & Same Sex Desire. His poetry has been adapted for stage at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros. He has also performed his work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a part of their 2014 BAN7 Festival.
As a former member of the critically acclaimed theater troupe The Pomo Afro Homos, Marvin has performed nationally and internationally. As a Teaching Artist for WritersCorps, he has led creative arts and writing workshops for a range of audiences, from youth centers for runaway kids to black gay support groups to literary conference attendees and social justice organizations. White is cofounder of B/GLAM (Black Gay Letters and Arts Movement), an Oakland Bay Area organization, which worked to preserve, present and incubate black gay artistic expressions. He holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem; and sits on the board of directors of Fire & Ink, a national black LGBT writer’s organization.
In community, Marvin K. White is articulating a vision of social and creative justice through being a writer, artist, activist, community organizer, public theologian, preacher, homemaker, cake baker, caregiver and Facebook statistician.