We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominique D. Glisson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominique D., what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started AfroSoFly, my mission was to present poetry in the form of greeting cards, graphic t-shirts and books. As an erotic poet, I wanted to create a business that would be a home for other authors in the BIPOC community who aren’t afraid to speak their raw, authentic truth. As the years went on, AfroSoFly expanded in ways that embraces all of me as an artist, poet, yoni enthusiast and revolutionary, Black woman.
Why the name AfroSoFly? There’s no hair in the world more beautiful and more versatile than the afro. From Bantu knots and afro puffs to twist outs and braids, our hair is fierce and empowering. When we own our crowns, we remind the world that we are unstoppable. Afros take up space and in doing so, we are fly–AfroSoFly.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Poetry is my first language, and I’ve published two books of erotic poetry–with the third coming in November 2022. Many people don’t know that I wrote my first erotic poem during a math class in high school, as a virgin. My classmates were shocked when I shared it with them. Since then, my poetry has enhanced and morphed into healing pieces for survivors, and inspirational works for those willing to explore their sensuality. I write for women who are comfortable with their bodies as much as I write for those who aren’t.
Pink Canvas is a collection of poems written for any woman seeking love through her reproductive organs. Pink Canvas vividly captures the thoughts of a woman battling with vaginal power, seduction, lust, love, abstinence and self-worth. Pink Lotus is a collection of poems written for the healing process of any woman who has her vagina in her heart’s position. Developed from Pink Canvas, Pink Lotus continues the journey toward vaginal power, seduction and self-worth.
As an artist, I live to provoke thought–good, bad and especially indifferent. It’s not always easy to be the one that gets pushed to the back in conservative settings but I overcome it by being comfortable with myself and the messages I intend to convey. The biggest lesson I learned came in a quote from my uncle, “The truth ain’t always pretty but it’s a beautiful thing.” I intend to speak the truth–in all things, even if it is unfavorable. Many of my messages are about bringing light to the things that have been swept under the carpet. Let’s talk about it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I’ve recently moved here from Brooklyn, NY so we would be exploring together. As long as it’s Black-Owned and the energy is good, we can go!
For starters, we can check out Slutty Vegan, Mangos Caribbean Restaurant, Who’s Got Soul Southern Cafe, Apache, For Keeps Bookstore, 44th and 3rd, Kingston 30, The Velvet Note and my home. I would definitely want to find out if Libby Baeeloo is performing anywhere and pop in to see her show because her voice is beautiful and filled with soul. I love to eat and be surrounded by good vibes within the BIPOC community.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my good sister, Kiva! She has been my number one supporter since before AfroSoFly was born. In fact, she’s the one who encouraged me to venture out and do my own thing as a writer when other organizations told me that my material was too raw. Kiva has supported AfroSoFly as a board member, fellow artist, mentor, sister and believer in the mission. On the hard days when I felt like giving up, she’s been there to reignite the fire in me to keep pushing forward. She holds up my back up through all the things and I love her!
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