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hive mind update vol. 16
Yo squad,

Testify is [finally] here! I woke up with that Common track “Testify” stuck in my head, so I’m claiming Common as my belated #MCM. Press play below to watch the video (you’re welcome). I’ll be taking over the Octopus Books twitter this week posting poems and uplifting names from the book. Follow along over at @Octopus__Books.
Scroll down for the latest dispatches from the hive, including:
  • Press | Pub News | Etc with recent TESTIFY news
  • Introducing: Hive Soul Yoga  with news about some big wellness biz changes to come
  • Upcoming Events including TESTIFY's launch this weekend!
Stay breezy,

Now Available for Purchase:


$16.95 | Octopus Books

Press | Pub News | Etc 

Bustle Interview

Bustle interviewed me to talk about Testify! Read it here.

Boston Globe Write Up

I spoke to the Boston Globe for their column, "The Story Behind the Book". Check out the write up here.

Affinity Mag Review

Affinity, a dope teen magazine staffed by young writers, ran a generous review of Testify earlier this summer. Read it here.

Review Mentions

"Must-Read Poetry for August 2017"-- The Millions 

30 Poetry Collections By Women That Will Keep You Motivated To Resist
-- Bustle

Introducing: Hive Soul Yoga 💪🏾✨💅🏾

On June 1, Whole Soul Health became Hive Soul Yoga. This change represents the next stage of growth for us, and we couldn't be more hype. The soft launch was June 1, but the official launch will happen at a poppin event early this fall. We'll be rolling out a new site and some new offerings in the weeks to come, so stay tuned! We wanted to thank you for being in our hive, our community. We so appreciate you for you're continued support over the past three years. Y'all are why we do what we do. We look forward to giving you more content, classes + fun events as we continue on this journey together! ALSO: This fall we'll be looking for more work study homies to join the Hive Soul Yoga team. Our work studies get free access to all HSY content & perks from our community partners in exchange for a few hours of work per week. Keep an eye out for an official posting, and like us on facebook to stay in the know  ✨🙏🏾✨ #communitybusiness #yogaforthepeople #growthgamestrong 

Upcoming Events, Etc

[TONIGHT] POC Practice

Wednesday, Aug 9 6:30pm-7:30pm @ 549 Columbus Ave 
This week's class will be a chill flow to a Frank Ocean playlist. We'll be runnin down his new album, Blond, with some hits from Channel Orange and our fave Frank Ocean features. Check out the fb event and come thru!
[FRIDAY] TESTIFY Book Launch @ Porter Square Books

Friday, Aug 11 7pm- 9pm @ 25 White Street Cambridge, MA 

"Join us to celebrate the launch of TESTIFY, Simone John’s first full-length poetry collection, at Porter Square Books. Krysten Hill, author of “How Her Spirit Got Out” (Aforementioned Press, 2016), and Andrine Pierre-Saint, grand slam indy champ youth poet, will be blessing the mic with poems, too. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the facebook invite:"

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