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Exit thru the afro

by Jalynn Harris


Jalynn Harris is a poet, educator, editor, and press founder from Baltimore, MD.  She founded SoftSavagePress for the sole purpose of promoting visual and literary works by Black people. She earned her MFA from the University of Baltimore, where she was the inaugural recipient of Michael F. Klein fellowship for social justice. Her work has been featured in Transition Magazine, Little Patuxent Review, Scalawag Magazine, and elsewhere. Her  first collection of poems, Exit Thru the Afro, can be purchased below!



Founded in 2019, SoftSavagePress is an independent publishing house directed in the desire of promoting creative works by Black people. What began in the mattress foam of a Baltimore apartment, has grown in vision and scope. Our first publication, a literary journal, Canary Review Vol.1, surveys Black womxn’s experiences from Cape Town, South Africa to Durham, North Carolina.


Upcoming Events

Sun, May 24
Online Event
Birthday Party + Poetry Reading
Sat, May 09
Online Event
Graduate MFA Reading

For any media requests, design needs, or general inquiries, contact Jalynn Harris below:

Baltimore, MD 

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