Saida Agostini is a queer afro-guyanese poet and activist. Her work is featured in Barrelhouse, Origins, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, pluck!, The Little Patuxent Review, Barrelhouse, Hobart Pulp and other publications. . Her first collection of poems, just let the dead in, was a finalist for the Center of African American Poetry & Poetics’ 2020 Book Prize, as well as the New Issues Poetry Prize . Her first chapbook, STUNT (Neon Hemlock, October 2020), explores the history of Nellie Jackson, a Black woman entrepreneur who operated a brothel for sixty years in Natchez, Mississippi.
A two time Pushcart Prize nominee, Saida has received support for her poetry from Cave Canem, the Blue Mountain Center and other institutions. Other honors include a 2018 Best of the Net nomination, and the award of a 2017 Ruby grant to support the development of her first full-length collection of poems, just let the dead in.