Jalondra Davis

“I can only speak for myself. But what I write and how I write is done in order to save my own life.”


—Barbara Christian

Butterfly Jar


With all the rhythm, poetry, and...

pain of a Black girl's childhood, Jalondra Davis tells the story of Tanis Sutton, a 10 year old girl who dreams of having straight hair, happy parents, and an ice-cream colored house on the west side of town. Mischievous and attention-seeking, Tanis struggles with playground romance and schoolyard cliques in the midst of her family's bitter betrayals, which threaten to unravel them as a city explodes. Woven into this simple coming of age story is a powerful statement of the trauma, humor, confusion, and beauty of growing up Black in early-nineties LA.


Other Publications:

“Daddy,” The Truth About the Fact Journal of Literary Nonfiction