"Just keep on being your beautiful, lovely, weirdo selves. Make art."
-Seana Higgins, visual artist
As member of FLOW (For Love of Writing), Chirskira Caillouet endeavors to strengthen her prose and build a solid network of phenomenal writers. Her writings mostly include poetry as published in various college literary magazines and Young Chicago Authors’ "Say What" magazine.
More than a page poet, Chirskira takes the stage, displaying her spoken word skills
to multiple audiences from elementary schools to college and universities. In 2009, Chirskira self-published Honey Licorice (available on lulu.com) and learned to create e-books. In 2014, Chirskira was one of a select group of spoken word artists to participate in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards for which she became a semi-finalist.
After graduating from Benedictine University, Chirskira continued her education at Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Language Arts. She currently holds a certificate in Spoken Word Pedagogy at Concordia University.
Her travels include assisting in building a home with Habitat for Humanity in El Paso,
Texas, rebuilding communities in Pecan Island and New Orleans, Louisiana after the destruction of
Hurricane Katrina, and caring for children in Sucre, Bolivia.
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Book Reviews from Chirskira's POV
"Tiara" poems inspired Patricia Smith's Motown Crowns coming soon.
Ode to She the MC
All hail the queens that dare to rock the mic
and lace the flow with tight verses.
Their sounds moving across the airwaves
and making hips shake.
Hands nod to the boom bap.
Nitty Scott the MC coming straight out of
New York with an old school style and
witty lyricism. Her words catch your attention
like a private in the presence of a sergeant.
Don’t forget the drill sound of Katie Got Bands
Put your hands in the air. Wave them like you care
about the melodic groove and technique for MC Lyte
to turn you inside and out.
She’ll let you know what it’s all about.
Adding weight to her voice made her
a heavy hitter in hip hop.
Knocking out MC’s,
like Lil MaMa said,
on the musical canvass .
Painting a vivid picture of her
New Jerusalem, Lauryn Hill
crafted a masterpiece
to last forever and
taught about that thing.
that rappers know so well
so do tell of
putting lines in order
for others to succeed them.
Salt ‘N Pepa
seasoning their rhymes
with very necessary flava.
plotting her revenge.
more to the
burying these whack rappers
Snow the Product
pushing her way
to the top.
bringing the flood
after the drought.
Audra the Rapper
Sasha Go Hard
Many more that touch the hearts
and minds of the youth
they spit fire
in the booth
Reign your glory
to any girl
that enters the cypher
the mystery of she.