By Lena Habtu & Sammi LaBue
Sammi and I both lost our fathers at a young age and writing this poem together has been a way for us to both process our losses and better understand ourselves.
Lena Habtu, simply put, is a poet. She is passionate about advocacy and community organizing, but the outlet through which she processes and recounts lived experience has always been poetry. Her works have been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Sammi LaBue is the author of the creative writer’s guided journal, Words in Progress (DK Sept 2020), and the founder of Fledgling Writing Workshops, a generative writing community online and in person in Brooklyn. You can find some of her other creative work in Literary Hub, PANK, Glamour, Hobart, The Feminist Wire and beyond. She earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is at work on a memoir written in collaboration with her mother.