Mimi Borders is a poet, writer and student organizer living unapologetically black and whole in St. Louis. Her legal name is Camille but at 2 years old she chose a name that fit her better and refused to respond to anything but Mimi. She was raised on black Barbies, Star Wars and NPR’s Car Talk in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love affair with poetry took root in her teenage restlessness when she began to share her angsty thoughts with the world on her since retired blog, “A Feminist Stuck in Suburbia.”
She is a Nemerov Writing Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis. Her poetry, spanning themes of blackness, religion and sexuality, has been featured across campus and nationally. She is a member of WU-Slam, Washington University in St. Louis’ performance poetry team and ranked in the top 20 teams nationally. Currently, she is researching non-normative kinship and intimate relationship between black women at the moment of emancipation in the United States. She was recently chosen as Rhodes Scholar and will begin studying towards a MsT in US History at Oxford University in the Fall.