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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Evolutionary Heart

Publication Date: October 2016


This title is no longer available for purchase through Black Lawrence Press, but it is available from most online book retailers. Better yet, your local bookstore should be able to order a copy for you.

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In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Evolutionary Heart was originally published by Nomadic.

Evolutionary Heart is one journey of love, from self to partner-love to dissolution and back to solo self, the home in which we all ultimately return.


Evolutionary Heart is a reminder of the daily cellular revolution of humanity that is made possible when we chose to live vulnerably. In every poem there is pulse, blood, a beating that cannot be quelled.
Sonya Renee Taylor, Founder and Radical Executive Officer, author of The Body is Not An Apology

Nazelah’s writing demonstrates why poetry is vital to our culture. Her lack of pretense, coupled with her wit and vulnerability makes Evolutionary Love the most human collection I’ve read in a long while.
Shawn Taylor, celebrated author and blogger. Director of Gateway to College at Laney College, Oakland

Considering I’m in love, Nazelah Jamison’s words resonate even more in my heart, flesh and bones, like a soft gong awakening of Love’s dreams, thoughts & pain. Each verse’s resonance wraps itself onto my past love stories, healing me from the scars of it, while other savant rhymes are pure celebration of hopeful, true, real LOVE. Thank you Nazelah for being the poet of our untamed and untold love experience.
Helene Faussart, author of Les Nubians

About the Author

Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison is a gifted poet, emcee, and vocalist who has learned from and graced the stage with some of the finest people in entertainment today. She has competed on and/or coached 12 National Poetry Slam teams; and has performed poetry & music across 3 continents. Until she retired in 2014, she hosted and co-produced The Oakland Poetry Slam & Open Mic, an on-going monthly poetry slam in Oakland, CA, as well as performing at venues around the SF Bay Area and the country. She has collaborated on music recording projects with the Rondo Brothers, and is embarking upon a career as a stand-up comedienne. Her first collection of poetry, evolutionary heart, was released by Nomadic Press in Fall 2016. She hosts thee Virtual Open Mic every Friday on Zoom. Nazelah is known and beloved for her work with Spearhead and the French music group, Les Nubians, and her love of hip-hop translates onto the stage.

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