Updated: Jan 29
Mabell Holand is a writer, activist, and poet. With a university degree in pedagogics, the human experience is a natural source of interest and inspiration. Their work is inspired by the motivation for societal change, naturally surrounding topics of black empowerment and LGBTQIA+ discussions.
As a poet, their words seek to offer comfort, validation, and an escape from reality, and they are currently working to publish their collected works.
Furthermore, Mabell is currently a project leader on a four-part series about black representation and racism in a Norwegian context, freelancing for the organization “Black History Month Norway”.
Read a sample of Mabell's latest poem entitled "The Meeting," below:
Mabell also recently submitted a piece to Sacrosanct "Shame: A Black Perspective," which navigates their relationship with shame on National Coming Out Day (October 11th). They explore their own evolution as Black, gay, and masculine-of-center while also tackling the internalized homophobia, anti-Blackness, and transphobia they upheld for so long.
You can read the full piece here.
Most important to Mabell's work is their ability to be a voice of change and impact, ultimately hoping to bring a new perspective to people's lives.
You can support Mabell and their work by following them on Instagram (@luzyvida)!