I learned early that the black experience is a different experience, but it doesn’t exclude any experiences either. So for me, all my experience is a black experience just as I’m comfortable if someone says or thinks that I write ‘black poetry’ even if race isn’t addressed in the text. I push back on those that want to discard any kind of identification showing up in art. I tend to think those people are delusional that it doesn’t show up there even if they aren’t aware of it. The poets that write, ‘I’m not a black poet’ poems, in my opinion, are only telling us what kind of black poet they are.
— William Evans, interviewed by Hanif Abdurraqib for 30 in 30(0)