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Death by Comb is Camari Carter’s debut collection of eloquently vulnerable poetry and prose that recount tales of humanity at its most fragile, broken, and glorious. Death by Comb commands the heart to open and the soul to evoke emotion.  Death by Comb is centered around the trials and triumphs of black women, black hair and the fight to normalize its beauty, love, and health.

Death by Comb, the debut collection of poetry by Camari Carter is a tour de force of wit, brevity, and lyrical grace. At once arresting and beautifully tender, Carter’s poems run the gamut of human experience, never shying away from the darker fringes of the beating heart. Tragic, angry, and bristling with beauty, Death by Comb is ultimately a work of redemption that speaks to the light, wavering in us all.” – Dennis Cruz, Author of Moth Wing Tea




Camari Carter-Hawkins is the author of Death by Comb, a stellar body of poetry that seeks to normalize natural hair and find solid ground in an ever-changing world and Write Back to You, a guided journal for writing yourself back into your life. Camari leads journaling workshops all across Los Angeles and beyond. Her poetic works can also be found in Rise: An Anthology of Power and Unity by Vagabond Press and The Best of The Poetry Salon 2013-2018 Anthology. Camari is the 2018 Spoken Word, Voices Heard Women’s Amateur Slam Winner and performs her works nationally.

Camari is a fellow of the Community Literature Initiative (CLI) Poetry Writing Program and is a proud advisor of CLI and World Stage Press.

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