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ISBN: 978-0-9994471-0-9

The Flowers in My Mothers’ Name

Publication Date: October 2017


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

The Flowers’ in My Mothers’ Name is a chapbook collection of nonfiction prose poetry that explores the intersectionality of narrator Philip Harris. A gay, Mexican man from Southern California, Harris finds himself at the center of cultures, sexuality, and generations. Through explorations of his mother’s life as a Chicana faced with racist microaggressions, his grandmother’s grief, and his own queer existence as a person of color with passing white privilege, Philip shares his multicultural narrative.


A melodic, poetic, memoir hybrid, Philip Harris’ The Flowers’ in My Mothers’ Name, is a stark and yet surprisingly intimate book about family and self. Harris’s flashes of familial history are beautifully reflected in his contained prose, each brief story a slight shifting of perception told in first or in third, is a quiet agonizing or celebration of the personal and political lives that reside in our everyday lives.
MK Chavez

About the Author

Philip Harris

Philip Harris was born in Hollywood, California. In Spring, 2017, he received his MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. He currently lives in West Oakland, where he tells stories through his words, illustrations, and photographs, all while continuing his search for the perfect burrito. His work has appeared in Vogue UK, The Los Angeles Review, The Atticus Review, The Tusk, and Transfer. Philip is also the co-host and co-creator of the weekly podcast Queers in Space.

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