The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way The New Press
April 9, 2013
In her newest collection of wide-ranging meditations on our intertwined personal, spiritual, and political destinies, Alice Walker writes that “we are beyond a rigid category of color, sex, or spirituality if we are truly alive.” For the millions of her devoted fans — and for readers of Walker’s bestselling 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For in particular — here is a new “gift of words” (Essence) that invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight.
The Cushion in the Road revisits themes the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist has addressed throughout her career: racism, Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian people, the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, Cuba, healthcare, and the work of Aung San Suu Kyi. In doing so, Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world. Through the evocative image of the meditation cushion in the road, she finds a delicate balance between these two paths and invites her readers to do so, too.
Rich with humor, wisdom, and Walker’s unique eye for the telling details of human experience and the natural world, The Cushion in the Road shows Walker at the height of her literary powers, reveals the depths of her spiritual and political understandings, and will surely be an inspiration for all.
The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)
The New Press
April 2, 2013
In this luminous collection of poems, Walker casts her eye on history, politics, and nature, as well as world figures. In tributes to such people as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she reminds us of the urgency of our times and of our human capacity to come together and take action. Walker imbues her poetry with memorable images, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom. Chronicling the conditions of human life today, she demonstrates in The World Will Follow Joy her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2011
Eclectic Life Books will be taking part in the Cancer Awareness Rally sponsored by Lolo’s Boutique.
Carson, CA– Eclectic Life Books will be taking part in a Cancer Awareness Rally, sponsored by Lolo’s Boutique. Cherise “Reese” Charleswell, CEO of Eclectic Life Books will be performing a selection of poetry, as well as reading from her newly debuted book, Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them. The book, just published in May 2011, is a non-traditional, sassy, tongue-in-cheek, and painfully honest self help guide and workbook for the morally challenged and socially inept members of society; as well as those who want to improve on their quality of life. The Adinkra image that graces the book’s cover is called “Mate masie” and it loosely translates to “What I hear, I keep”. The book draws on my experience as a West Indian child, where wisdom was often imparted as a series of “old time” sayings, tips, and proverbs; leaving one to interpret the true meaning and come to their own conclusion and understanding.
The event being held is a community block party, where other businesses in the area will be contributing to the festivities. It will be taken place on Saturday October 29, 2011 from 12PM – 6PM, and will be located at 21635 South Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90473. Near the NW corner of Avalon Blvd and Carson St.
For more information please contact Eclectic Life Books at email@example.com
Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life Books, CEO
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
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Author of Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & Those Who Love Them
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Contact: Cherise Charleswell 818-521-8422
Event Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 – 9pm
Location: 21635 South Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA. 90475
Author Readings and Poetry at Lo Lo’s Fashion
This event will showcase Lolo’s Boutique as well as Los Angeles, California’s premier self- published authors and poets. Participants at this event will be able to take advantage of the open mic, mingle, drink wine, and make purchases. This event will give authors a chance to invite fans, supporters, friends, family, and interested readers. It will be open to the public interested in author readings and poetry. Participants can purchase as many books, clothes, or create a wish list for future purchases. Each author or poet will have 1-2 minutes to read from their book. Lolo’s fashion is allowing authors to sell their books during the event. The purpose of this event is to promote Lolo’s Fashion as well as give authors a chance to connect with their supporters. This is a free event for all! A facebook invite will be sent out for all the authors to use in order to invite their fans and supporters. A flier will also be sent as an attachment by e-mail to authors serious about participating in this event.
For more information and clarification please respond to this e-mail. Authors will be able to bring as many books as they wish. Interested authors or poets need to respond to this e-mail to reserve their spot.
|Dameon Wroe is a former member of the R&B singing group, H2O. While recording their first album for Capitol Records, Dameon and his group members were also involved in acting. Dameon landed several featured roles and was also cast in a Dr. Pepper commercial. He has worked with entertainers such as Brian McKnight, Naughty By Nature, Silk, Jennifer Lewis, Robert Townsend, Don Cheadle, and Eddie Griffin. As suggested by many who had either read his poetry or watched him perform, Dameon took his passion for writing to the next level and wrote his first, self-published book of poetry entitled True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol. I and ultimately persuaded major book stores, such as Borders Books and Barnes & Noble, to carry his book. Dameon has released his second book, No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry.|
Professionally known as “Wroe-Wroe,” Dameon is aggressively searching to give the music industry a much needed face-lift with his innovative, motivational, and cutting-edge style of rap. As a solo artist, Dameon aspires to make a name for himself by writing for accomplished artists and eventually recording a solo record of his own in the future. Dameon has chosen to dedicate his life to reach out to the youth of our society through his music, and inspire them to be leaders in their communities while teaching them the concepts of turning wrongs into rights. Through his publishing company, Dameon is launching an online mentoring program to help better the youth of our society. Having had his life spared on many occasions, Dameon’s lyrical ability is unlike anything the music industry has seen. While focusing on his goals each day, Dameon reminds himself of the words of motivational speaker and author Les Brown who suggests, “You have to be willing to do the things today that others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow that others won’t have.”
(1) No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry is your second volume of poetry. What was the response like to your first, True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol. I?
(2) Any “learnings” or “discoveries” from True Inspirations that are helping you in producing and promoting No Longer Silent?
By taking the advice of some very prominent,influential business mentors that I confide in, I learned from them that quitters never win. I also learned from them that, if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. Since I do stand for something, I knew that failure could not ever be an option for me. While learning what it would take to produce my first book, I did not have anyone to lean on along the way to show me how to do this and how to do that. I pounded the pavement on my own and did my homework to make this book come into existence on my own. I knew if I put all my trust and faith in “people” to show me what needed to be done, “people” would let me down. However if I did the work myself and did it the way it needed to be done, I knew that I would never let myself down because I could not afford to fail.
A priceless lesson that I learned while promoting my first book, is to ALWAYS have a book on me to be able to make an immediate sale once anyone were to ever ask to buy a copy. This lesson is definitely helping me promote No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry because I carry a box of books around in my car at all times, ready and willing to sell it to everyone I come in contact with that may ask me about it. Although millions of copies sold is the goal of every author, we as authors should be ready to sell a book at any given moment because it only takes one important person to get their hands on our book and the rest could be history. If you get your books exposed to the right people as quickly as possible, the rewards for future books can be quite substantial.
(3) How do you think readers will respond to No Longer Silent? How are you promoting it? And, how has been feedback so far?
I know for a fact that every person who has No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry in their archives will truly be blessed by reading it. This is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of fact. No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry is far more than just a poetry book; it is far more than just stories told through the eyes of poems… it is a movement. This book is the spokesperson for everyone who has ever wanted to speak their true feelings but allowed FEAR to stop them from doing so. The book is selling consistently thus far and I believe the reason I can make that statement is because I know there are valuable lessons shared in this book that everyone in society can benefit from, regardless of what walk of life they come from.
The majority of the readers who have already purchased the book have already shared with me that they have fallen in love with the book before finishing the third chapter and, for a ten chapter book, that’s a success story all by itself. If you are a person who ever had an absent parent in your life growing up, then this book is for you. If you are a person who has a desire to mend a broken relationship with a sibling, then this book is for you. If you are a person who wants to gain a better spiritual relationship with God, then this book is for you. If you are a person who strives to become more of a leader and not a follower, then this book is definitely for you. If you know of someone who has been in and out of trouble with the law, then this would be a great book to share with them to get them to see that a better quality of life is possible if they want it bad enough. Our company website is currently under construction but No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry can still be purchased by sending a check or money order to: Another EP Publishing Company P.O. Box 300 Walnut, CA 91788-0300. The book is $10.81 per copy (tax included).
(4) With No Longer Silent just recently being published, I am sure your efforts are around this book. But, what’s next for you? Any future projects?
Although I am working on promoting my current books, I am also currently writing book number three – which has not yet been titled. My third book is scheduled for completion December 31, 2011 and, once that book is finished, I will begin treatments on book number four – which will be my first full-length novel based on a true story.
I am also accepting completed manuscript submissions from writers who are looking for a great publishing home. Whenever I am not writing books, I am in the recording studio writing songs and also stepping up my efforts to get back into my passion for acting and public speaking.
Another EP Publishing Company Presents …
NO LONGER SILENT – By Way of Poetry
For Immediate Release
Since the May 2000 release of “True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol.I,” comes the long-awaited book, masterminded by author Dameon K. Wroe, “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry.” In his ongoing and dedicated pursuit of trying to steer youth in the right direction, enlighten our society about the negative actions that plague our communities, and address issues of accountability to all who will lend a listening ear, Dameon K. Wroe is on the fast track to becoming one of the most prolific writers that the poetry and literary arena has ever known.
“No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” debuts some of the most incredible, hardcore, awe-inspiring, and matter-of-fact poetry that true poetry readers have ever seen or heard. The book also features book reviews by one of the most reputable and sought after attorneys in Southern California, Rupert A. Byrdsong, as well as a powerful book review by Kathie Scott, co-author of the memorable novel “Around The World Twice.”
In a hair-raising foreword written by veteran actress, author, and motivational speaker Maura Gale, the true essence of “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” is captured with marksman precision and makes it nearly impossible for readers to put this book down once the author’s journey begins. This book promises to deliver a staggering blow to all of its readers, shedding a positive light on life-lessons learned, as told through the eyes of poetry. The stories told within the chapters of this brilliant masterpiece are undeniably applicable in the life of every human being, regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, or social class.
“No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” is a poetic mini-novel which caters to the reader who is attracted to poetry-driven literature, but also as the occasional urge to become engulfed in a great novel. “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” is more than just a book of poetry, it is a movement; it is the voice of the members of society who echo the lessons told in the poems, but are afraid to speak out and be heard. “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” is the measuring stick of what an author’s destiny should hope to be. “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry” is the truth!
Author Dameon K. Wroe is no rookie to the writing arena by any stretch of the imagination. He first began strengthening his writing abilities back in the early 90’s when he and his former singing group signed their first recording contract with
Capitol Records. Wroe assisted the group with writing a few songs for their album under the Capitol Records agreement.
In 1999, Wroe was also hired as a songwriter for White Lion Productions, and ultimately landed three of his original songs on a compilation CD which was later released in 1999. While recording a record with his former R&B singing group and Capitol Records, Dameon was also afforded the opportunity to pursue his love of acting by working with some of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors and directors, including: comedian Robert Townsend, Don Cheadle, Eddie Griffin, J. Anthony Brown, and The Hudlin Brothers – directors of the blockbuster movie “Boomerang,” starring Eddie Murphy.
With Dameon K. Wroe’s writing abilities and his ever-growing passion to write great quality books, it is only a matter of time before he is a household name. Even with the recent release of his current book, “No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry,” Mr. Wroe is currently writing his third book which is already targeted for completion on December 31, 2011. After the release of his third book, Wroe is planning to write his first, full-length novel that will be based on unfortunate events that changed his life forever! With treatments already being made on the full-length novel, the book has already gained the attention of a film director for possible silver screen production. To keep up with the latest news and/or events involving Dameon K. Wroe, visit our website periodically at: www.anothereppublishingcompany.com .
With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like “love” and “illness” now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.
The poems in Nikky Finney‘s breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney’s poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother s wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president s final State of the Union address.
Artful and intense, Finney’s poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor, or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime.
Triquarterly January 27, 2011 Paperback
2011 AAMBC Awards COMING soon
Catering to the independent writer and artist the annual AAMBC Literary Awards is set to announce the official winners at the 1st annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival on April 10, 2011 at the The Fredrick Douglass-Issac Myers Maritime Park Museum. For the third year African Americans on the Move Book Club will honor those who made an impact in the industry with new categories such as Reader’s Choice and Honoree categories such as Awarding of the Indie Writer Sponsorship Award, Literary Legend Award Honoree, and Urban Fiction Book of the Year Honoree. With the same goal in mind of exposing prominent independent writers, there is no other award like AAMBC.
With a new development of the AAMBC awards committee who will take it upon themselves to select the honorees this year’s Award Ceremony is destined to take it to an all new greater heights.
And the nominees are…
AAMBC Author of the Year
Marian L. Thomas
Breakout Author of the Year
Indie Book Store of the Year
Zahra’s Book Store
Urban Knowledge Book Store
Book Club of the Year
Chicago Reading Circle
Magazine of the Year
Today’s Black Women
Publicist of the Year
Indie Publisher of the Year
Triple Crown Publications
Street Lit Writer of the Year
Reviewer of the Year
Urban Book Source
Poet of the Year
Male Author of the Year
Brian W. Smith
Romance Author of the Year
Female Author of the Year
Reshonda Tate Billingsley
April Bowden & Jeanie Bell
Inspirational poet Nate Spears writes poetry designed to spread a smile to readers all over this stressful world. Spears writes about staying motivated to overcome challenges and attain goals. His energetic poetry makes use of humor, charm, and empowerment to inspire smiles.
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“Pistols and Prayers” binds together a collection of writings by Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist, Ise Lyfe. Prayers, poetry, journal entries, rhymes, and short essays penned by this young writer come together as a powerful collage of thought provoking socio-political commentary, blended with a glimpse into the author’s coming of age as a man, Artist, and advocate for social change.
This book reflects a rare mind. The pages that manifest this narrative are heavy-handed yet easy to take in at the same time. Ise takes the reader everywhere; from self written letters to God, to one line anecdotes that stir you at your core. Serious, thoughtful, and vulnerable- yet considerate, funny, and welcoming. One minute you’re reading about the commodification of Blacks, death, life observations, or provocative rhymes full of socio-political content. The next thing you know you’re reading about the author’s feeling on people texting “LOL” or the ever random and hilarious anecdotes, such as “God Fell from the Sky One Day”…