Amber Flame is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, activist and educator, whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and more. In her writing, Flame explores spirituality and sexuality, cross-woven with themes of grief and loss, motherhood and magic, and the interstitial joy in it all. As the singer-songwriter front of her jazz-inspired, country-sauced blues band, Last of the RedHot Mamas, Flame sings about Black queer life. A former church kid from the Southwest, Flame’s poetry and essays have been published in diverse arenas and anthologies, including Wanting: Women Writing About Desire, Alone Together, Nailed Magazine, Winter Tangerine, and Split This Rock. Her first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, published in 2017 through Write Bloody Press. Flame’s second book of poetry, apocrifa, launched May 2023 from Red Hen Press. Amber Flame is a queer Black dandy mama who falls hard for a jumpsuit and some fresh kicks. Learn more at