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Yeva Johnson is an African-American Jewish Lesbian mother poet and musician working as physician by day. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Yeva grew up on the East Coast and later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Yeva's father, an electrical engineer and poet, encouraged her to start writing poetry in childhood, but she had difficulty finding time to indulge this passion as an adult. In December of 2014, she was encouraged by one of her mentors to begin writing poems again and has written a poem a day since. For Yeva, poetry is a vehicle to commune with the past, present and future and to connect with other people. She is inspired by the writings of W.E.B. DuBois and his description of living behind a veil representing the divide between how we see ourselves and how the world portrays us. She also draws encouragement from the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh from which she has a greater appreciation for the impermanence of all things. Through her poems, Yeva explores the life cycle, family relationships, social hierarchies and interlocking caste-systems, the possibilities for interconnection, the practice of poetry, nature, love, mortality and all that is fleeting. Like a bee, her poems are vibrantly alive and sometimes they sting. Yeva is a member of an artists' collective, QTPOC4SHO, for queer and transgender artists of color in the Bay Area that includes painters, visual artists, children's book authors, performance artists, poets and comedians. Having been granted her first library card at the age of 4, Yeva relished the opportunity to explore the ephemera of the Hormel LGBTQ Center at the San Francisco Public Library through her multi-filtered lenses