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Poetry to God by Terry Webb

Lord Please Hear the Cry presents a collection of verses that draw upon a personal spiritual journey to offer testimony to the redemptive nature of faith. After years of struggling with his addictions, author Terry Webb turned his life over to the care of God and invited the Lord Jesus into his heart. God has been in the midst of his deepest struggles and has now restored everything in Terry’s life that was lost in his addiction. His poem, “You’re Never Alone” recounts God’s assurance of care and protection in even the most difficult of circumstances: You never cry alone, my child, For when you cry, I do . . . Although this life may bring you pain, My child, just trust in me, And if you will obey my word, I’ll give you victory! Several poems offer praise to God, while in “The Heavens Glory of God” celebrates the beauty of God’s divine creation: Enveloped in beauty, the silence of night, Sprinkled with stars in Heaven bright. In cloudless skies, the shimmering, The Heavenly stars are rendering. The glory of God, crisp and clear, His wondrous glory far, but near. Let Poetry to God move your heart and soul, and draw closer to the Lord!
“No Fault Found” presents a collection of Spiritual inspirational poems and verses that draw upon a personal spiritual journey to offer testimony to the redemptive nature of faith. After years of sruggling with his addictions, author Terry Webb turned his life over to the care of God and invited the Lord Jesus into his heart. God has been in the midst of his deepest struggles and has now restored everything in Terry’s life that was lost in his addiction. In even the most difficult of circumstances, you’re never alone because God is there
Into Thine Hands is a vast collection of spiritual, uplifting, and empowering poems that will infuse your spirit and revitalize your mind! This book of inspirational poems will encourage the soul, heart, and mind. It is all about life, challenges, and trials with our Creator, God Almighty. You will find overwhelming comfort here in this book of inspirational poetry. Some of the poems are true-life experiences, but all of them are written to keep your heart, soul, and mind on the things of God. In even the most difficult of circumstances, you’re never alone because God is there.
Prison Praise is a vast collection of spiritual, uplifting, and empowering poems written by a man doing time in state prison. This book of poetry Includes cries from behind the wall and love letters from prison. Each poem will encourage your heart, soul, and mind and keep you focused on the things of God. Overwhelming comfort can also be found here in this book of inspirational poetry. All of the poems are true-life experiences written by Terry Webb while doing time in a California state prison, keeping his heart and mind on the things of God.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulsen Books
August 28, 2014
Hardcover

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
July 8, 2014
Hardcover

Beloved storyteller and creator Ashley Bryan reveals the vibrant spirit of found objects in this magnificent treasury of poetry and puppets.

Little Cranberry Island. It’s a small island, with fewer than a hundred inhabitants, but it’s got more than its share of treasures — including the magnificent Ashley Bryan himself, a world-renowned storyteller and author of such classics as All Night, All Day and Beautiful Blackbird. Daily, for decades, Ashley has walked up and down the beach, stopping to pick up sea glass, weathered bones, a tangle of fishing net, an empty bottle, a doorknob. Treasure.

And then, with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley breathes new life into these materials. Others might consider it beach junk, but Ashley sees worlds of possibilities.

Ashley Bryan’s two-foot-tall hand puppets swell with personality and beauty, and in this majestic collection they make their literary debut, each with a poem that tells of their creation and further enlivens their spirit.

The Root’s Summer Reading List

The Root’s book selections for the Summer of 2014, featuring “Book of Hours” by Kevin Young, “Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson” by Barbara Ransby, “Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II” by Farah Jasmine Griffin:

Book of Hours: Poems by Kevin Young

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the calm / that slays me”), Kevin Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life’s passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son: in “Crowning,” he delivers what is surely one of the most powerful birth poems written by a man, describing “her face / full of fire, then groaning your face / out like a flower, blood-bloom,/ crocused into air.” Ending this book of both birth and grief, the gorgeous title sequence brings acceptance, asking “What good/are wishes if they aren’t / used up?” while understanding “How to listen / to what’s gone.” Young’s frank music speaks directly to the reader in these elemental poems, reminding us that the right words can both comfort us and enlarge our understanding of life’s mysteries.

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda “Essie” Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin’s Russia, and China two months after Mao’s revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment — an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women’s rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker. Yet historians for the most part have confined Essie to the role of Mrs. Paul Robeson, a wife hidden in the large shadow cast by her famous husband. In this masterful book, biographer Barbara Ransby refocuses attention on Essie, one of the most important and fascinating black women of the twentieth century.

Chronicling Essie’s eventful life, the book explores her influence on her husband’s early career and how she later achieved her own unique political voice. Essie’s friendships with a host of literary icons and world leaders, her renown as a fierce defender of justice, her defiant testimony before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s infamous anti-communist committee, and her unconventional open marriage that endured for over 40 years—all are brought to light in the pages of this inspiring biography. Essie’s indomitable personality shines through, as do her contributions to United States and twentieth-century world history.

Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
by Farah Jasmine Griffin

As World War II raged overseas, Harlem witnessed a battle of its own. Brimming with creative and political energy, the neighborhood’s diverse array of artists and activists took advantage of a brief period of progressivism during the war years to launch a bold cultural offensive aimed at winning democracy for all Americans, regardless of race or gender. Ardent believers in America’s promise, these men and women helped to lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement before Cold War politics and anti-Communist fervor temporarily froze their dreams at the dawn of the postwar era.

In Harlem Nocturne, esteemed scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled this historic movement for change: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry. Like many African Americans in the city at the time, these women weren’t native New Yorkers, but the metropolis and its vibrant cultural scene gave them the space to flourish and the freedom to express their political concerns. Pearl Primus performed nightly at the legendary Cafe Society, the first racially integrated club in New York, where she debuted dances of social protest that drew on long-buried African traditions and the dances of former slaves in the South. Williams, meanwhile, was a major figure in the emergence of bebop, collaborating with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell and premiering her groundbreaking Zodiac Suite at the legendary performance space Town Hall. And Ann Petry conveyed the struggles of working-class black women to a national audience with her acclaimed novel The Street, which sold over a million copies — a first for a female African American author.

A rich biography of three artists and the city that inspired them, Harlem Nocturne captures a period of unprecedented vitality and progress for African Americans and women, revealing a cultural movement and a historical moment whose influence endures today.


The Cutting Season: A Novel by Attica Locke

Attica Locke‘s breathtaking debut novel, Black Water Rising, won resounding acclaim from major publications coast-to-coast and from respected crime fiction masters like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos, earning this exciting new author comparisons to Dennis Lehane, Scott Turow, and Walter Mosley. Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a second novel easily as gripping and powerful as her first — a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana’s Sugar Cane country, and one involving a slave gone missing more than one hundred years earlier. Black Water Rising was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar Award, and an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the U.K. The Cutting Season has been selected by bestselling author Dennis Lehane as the first pick for his new line of books at HarperCollins.

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

“We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.” — Harriet Tubman

In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life — to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth — and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.

Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward’s memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angela Ardis

Interview with Angela Ardis

Angela ArdisAngela Ardis is an exceptional writer of animation, live production, television, film and ghostwriting. She’s also written children’s books, poetry books, erotica, fiction and memoirs. Angela reached international acclaim with her memoir entitled, “Inside A Thug’s Heart,” which was compiled of an exchange of letters, poetry and conversations with the late rapper Tupac Shakur which was published in hard cover in 2004, re-released in paperback in 2009 and an e-book released 2013. This award-nominated book was also translated into Polish.

After a year of co-hosting the internet radio show “Talk with Angela and Hank,” Angela joined as co-host of the popular internet radio show “Lipstick, High Heels and B.S.,” a no-nonsense internet platform that allows her and several co-hosts to express their views on sex, relationships, love, current events and life. Here she was given an opportunity to head two segments, “Shoe Lover Tuesday,” where she expresses details, information and tips for everything shoes and “Lipstick Letters” where she gives advice, help and opinions on questions asked by the public.

Angela Ardis has experienced some success in films (“Black and Blue” and “All I Want“) as well as television shows like (“The Wayan’s Brothers,” “In The House,” “Michael Hayes“). Modeling lent its hand to several projects (fashion shows: Reggio, Banu Paris, Farinae, Bonnie Strauss, and Don Sayres; print: regional and national magazines such as Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Black Man, Jet, Aloette, Profiles Magazine, Black Market, Silk2, Mallory Furs, Playboy).

She released several new projects in 2013: a poetry book “My Mind’s Poetry: Relationships,” a petite help book series for beginning writers “I Have a Story: Getting Started,” and her sophomore novel, the first of a trilogy, entitled “The Block.” In addition, production has begun on a series geared for Showtime television and preparations are being made for a South African book tour in the fall of 2014.

(1) “The Block” is such an intense read. What was your inspiration in writing in it? What has been the reader and critic response to it?
The Block” was inspired by a particular neighborhood in Detroit – not knocking Detroit, but this particular neighborhood was one where sheets adorned the windows, the roofs were caved in, porches broken, stripped paint, fire damage, dirt lawns and trash everywhere. However, the poetry in the view was the music playing loudly, people hanging out on the porches of these, supposed, uninhabitable homes. The children playing looked happy. The people looked content and settled.

It was clear the occupants had ‘leaned into’ their circumstances, environment and their lives. But what were their lives? My brain immediately came up with a synopsis of what I was seeing, put it on steroids and then the voices began telling me their story… Hence, the conception of “The Block.”

Readers and critics have been moved by the story. The rollercoaster ride, the book sends the reader on, exercises every emotion available. Some feel extremely sad by some areas because “The Block” is seen through the eyes of the children and not flashbacks from adults. It’s funny, dramatic, harsh, but most of all it’s real, truthful and unfortunately happens in almost every neighborhood, town, city, state and country. Readers enjoyed and cringe from the rawness. However, overall, most had a hard time getting through the first 3 chapters but couldn’t put the book down after that and are eagerly awaiting the sequel. That excites me.

(2) You mentioned that “The Block” is the first of a trilogy. While you may not want to divulge any secrets, what should we expect?
Jaw dropping revelations! Getting a sense of who these characters are and what you “believe” their circumstances were, was what book one was geared to do. However, “The Block: Truth Revealed,” the sequel, will give you the real truths behind everyone and introduce the parents in a tangible way. However, the danger that lurks throughout book 2 will be felt until the end.

The final installment “The Block: The Labyrinth,” will be the ultimate revelation of what the block really is and how the lives of so many have truly never been their own. Everyone won’t make it to book 3 and some may not make it out of book 2. You’ll have to read to find out!

(3) With this era of books being turned into movies, especially trilogies and other series, are you planning anything beyond the printed word for “The Block“?
Yes. My intention is to mold it into a TV series, then movie and possibly a stage play. It has layers and legs that could and would inspire, move and engage society as a whole.

(4) You have so many interests – acting, modeling, ghost-writing, internet radio host, shoes (!) – how do you find the time to write for yourself? What is your writing process like?
I write on my phone a lot! Between my notepad and voice recordings, there are tons of notes. However, they’re not all geared towards one project. Oftentimes, I find myself awakened in the middle of the night by a voice…loud thought and I begin to night write in the dark. I never turn on the lights. In the morning I’ll read what I wrote and place it in my project folder, for whichever project it’s for. I write while I’m shopping, watching TV, in the movies, at dinner, out with friends, it doesn’t really turn off. Everything I see is inspiring.

The more I tap into that side of myself, the better my writing will become.

My writing process isn’t complicated. I write when my characters speak. If they have something to say, I write it. My job is to tell their story not my version of their story.

Patience is essential. However, I’m creating scenarios all the time for the story but the characters determine where the story is going and when.

(5) What is the process like for promoting your books? As a self-published author, what did you do to get the word out?
Arduous — I definitely prefer going the publishing house route. The work is on them and I show up. However, social media plays an enormous part of promoting. I made a valiant effort to stay connected to the fans who reached out and who continue to reach out from my first release “Inside A Thug’s Heart.” Those loyal fans where some of the first to purchase “The Block,” my poetry book “My Mind’s Poetry: Relationships,” and “I have a Story” which helps anyone trying to get started writing. I’ve also been interviewed by several internet blogs and magazines. Word of mouth has been amazing too!

(6) What is on your bookshelf (or your e-reader)? What are you reading and enjoying? Any favorite authors?
I’m a bookie! LOL! I love the physical copy. I love Eckhart Tolle, Danièle Bott, Terry
McMillan, Sister Souljah (Coldest Winter Ever), Russell Simmons, Dr. Seuss, Gary Zuvak, Rick Johnson, and many more. My book collection is as eclectic as everything else in my world. I’m currently rereading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” because I got so much from it the first time. I highly recommend it to everyone!

The Block by Angela Ardis
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 3, 2013, Paperback

Five children, Robert, Troy, Reigna, Tina and Kora are trapped inside a labyrinth known as “The Block.” The inner workings of these children’s minds are released as we follow them from age ten to eighteen. Experiencing their journey through their struggle to cope, comprehend, and develop while dealing with extreme neglect, physical, mental, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse. They’re looking for love, all wanting something more, and all trying to figure a way out of their unfortunate circumstances. Born into a “no chance of a childhood” reality, they find each other, forming an alliance against the ills that plague them all. The Block will awaken the very core of the reader. It’s true to life scenarios and graphic dialog will send waves of discomfort, lending extreme compassion to the plights of the children.

Inside A Thug’s Heart by Angela Ardis
Dafina, August 1, 2009, Paperback

Rikers Island is the centerpiece of the New York City Department of Corrections, a sprawling prison city of concrete and steel with housing for more than 16,000 inmates. Early in 1995, it was also the temporary home of legendary rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, incarcerated for a crime he swore he did not commit. And it was there that Angela Ardis, acting on a late-night wager among her friends and coworkers, sent a letter, along with a photo and her phone number. To her utter delight and amazement, Angela’s phone rang a short while later. Tupac Shakur was on the line.

Over the next several months, Angela and Tupac shared a near-daily exchange of letters, poems and phone calls, and their the relationship quickly grew into something neither of them could quite define, a kinship of souls that touched each in unexpected ways. Those original poems and letters, many of them written after Tupac’s transfer from Rikers to Dannemora State Prison, are presented here, along with the increasingly passionate and personal phone calls that touched on every subject imaginable. Far from the media spotlight, Tupac was by turns playful, sensual and serious, offering sharp observations on prison, music and the uncertainties of life. His letters to Angela reflect how he felt about being shot five times and left for dead one terrible night in New York in 1994, and his heartfelt verse encapsulates his dreams for the future–a future that would be so tragically cut short just over eighteen months after their correspondence began.

Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7th, 1996 and died a week later from his injuries. His murder remains unsolved, an ending as enigmatic as his life. But while Tupac may be gone, his words live on here, giving every fan a rare glimpse inside the mind and unbroken spirit of a passionate and unpredictable musical icon.

My Mind’s Poetry: Relationships (Volume 1) by Angela Ardis
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, March 8, 2013, Paperback

A lifetime of experiences, trials and tribulations, heartaches and joy, drama and pain mixed with lessons learned. A real perspective to life through analogies and poetic expression. Nothing like you’ve ever read before. No mixed words or sugar coated verbiage. Lightly illustrated. Contains some adult language.

I Have A Story: Getting Started (Volume 1) by Angela Ardis
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 14, 2013, Paperback

After receiving hundreds of emails and letters from people asking me how to get started writing their books, I decided to put together a “petite” book series that will do just that. I Have A Story book series gives potential authors a P.S. version to writing without getting stuck with a barrage of verbiage. As they complete each volume, they will begin to see their ideas come to life on the pages of their soon-to-be publications. Volume One will help you formulate the idea then break it down in an effort to rebuild it as the story you envision.

LaDonna Marie

Interview with LaDonna Marie

LaDonna MarieLaDonna Marie is an author, writer, poet, and motivational speaker. She is a Program Coordinator at Goodwill Industries and a contracted Therapist at Malinda Graham & Associates. She is originally from Mississippi and now lives in GA. She discovered her love for words early and started writing poetry pre-teen. It was always her childhood dream to become an author. She loves creating an atmosphere for learning and growth. She has also been a public and motivational speaker for numerous youth groups.

She received her undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Social Work. She has a M.S. in Counseling Studies from Capella University and a M.A. from South University in Professional Counseling in 2012. LaDonna has two wonderful children, Landon and Lathan Cook.

Ladonna wants her true passion of love of writing, her encouraging word, her humble spirit, and compassion for people to be her message. She uses her poetry to release & teach lessons of growth and evolving from transformations in life. Her biggest motivation is to touch someone with her words and engage them to want to change their perspective. She believes that anyone can change the situation they are in. She believes in being positive and fighting for what one would like to happen. She feels that becoming a writer and her love for words, are her greatest gift from God.

She became apart of and The League of American Poets in 2007, in a collective anthology called Whispers. In 2012, she received a Certificate of Congratulation from Congressman Bennie Thompson 2nd district of MS. Also she was inducted into Who’s Who in Black Mississippi in 2012. In 2013 Best of Liberty Contest she was listed as runner up in the Writer category. Also in November 2013 with her dedication to the youth, she launched her first youth for Christ conference, called Planting Positive Seeds, to help motivate, encourage, and empower the youth. In 2014, she is featured in The Gospel According to Poetry : An Anthology, also in Sibella Women’s Poetry Magazine for the entire year. In 2014, she landed the January cover of Precious Stone Magazine, with Poetry Features and Author interviews in YoUnique Magazine, Shine Magazine, C Hub Magazine and Image & Style Magazines to spread her words of empowerment.

Publications

In 2010, she self-published her first book, Expressions of the Mind, Body, & Soul with Xilibris publishing company. She started writing to put a voice to issues that she felt needed to be expressed This is a book of collective poetry that talks about love, relationships, spirituality, and encouragement. Her motto is “Poetry is an outlet for the heart”.

Her second book Until Tomorrow Comes was released in September 2013. This book will also be an eclectic look at growth and awareness while using creative expressions in poetry. Her books can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She is looking in the future to continue writing about encouragement, relationships, and children books.

1. What is your inspiration behind your poetry? At what point, did you want to be a writer/poet?
My inspiration behind my poetry is to motivate and empower others. Poetry became my voice to speak on perceptions I had about life experiences growing up and others that I noticed in day to day life. I often use my pen to bring awareness about love, growth and relationships being able to positively transition in making life better each day at a time.

 
I started writing during pre-teen, and just wanted to journal things to be able to write out my emotions. I knew after I got to high school, that I wanted to be author and a poet. I started to writing sonnets, love poems and learning about the different styles of poetry. Then as my interest increased I started to write more and more each day from them until now. In high school, I met Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou, I started reading their work and being inspired to use my love of poetry to speak to others.

 
2. What would be your choice, reading a poem or writing one?
In the beginning when I started writing, I only wanted to be the voice behind the words. Until about a year ago, When God spoke to me to start doing some motivational speaking and sharing my poetry. Now, I love both experiences of writing and reading poem that will uplift or enlighten others. I now recite the poems with the same passion that I write them with.

 
3. How often do you write (and re-write)? What is your process for writing?
My writing process is based off of inspiration, whenever God gives me a piece. I immediately get a feeling in my chest or a whisper of a line in my head. Then, I start to pull out my pen, pad and write. I normally look over poems about 3 times before I finalize it. During that time I will change anything that I don’t feel with work.

 
4. What are you reading now? What is on your nightstand?
I am reading Never Again, No More A Novel by Author Untamed, and L.A.P.D. Life after a painful Divorce by Pastor J.K. Sanders

 
5. Do you have an author crush? Any favorite authors? How about a poem or book that you wish you had written?
No, author crush, but one of my favorite authors is G.P.A. Greatest Poet Alive aka James Gordon. I have all of his six poetry books, to name a few: The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub and his new release Hi, My Name is Bobo.

 
6. What’s next for you and Until Tomorrow Comes?
Right now I am working on a new empowerment poetry book for girls, that should be coming out soon. I am also working with an artist to get a single made for Until Tomorrow Comes. I have been featuring UTC in Magazines and also in the UK. I would love to continue to share my poetry with the world, with hopes of inspires others.

Until Tomorrow Comes by LaDonna Marie
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, September 25, 2013, Paperback

Author LaDonna Marie wants to introduce through her poetry a journey of growth and awareness with different life experiences. She shares her poetry in efforts to spark reflections and enlighten the reader on your own journey as well. Look inside and answer these questions. Are you feeling lost in some areas of your life? Are you on the verge of giving up? Are you seeking to become stronger and independent? Are you seeking a deeper connection in your spirituality? In answering these questions you may find some come instantly and some may take time. So Until Tomorrow Comes, let’s approach each a day with a positive outlook while finding yourself.

Alice Walker’s The Cushion in the Road and The World Will Follow Joy

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
Hardcover

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
Kindle Edition

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.

Eclectic Life Books to part in Cancer Awareness Rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2011

PRESS RELEASE
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 eclecticlifediva@yahoo.com
CONTACT:
Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life Books, CEO
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
Email Address: eclecticlifediva@yahoo.com

Author Readings and Poetry at Lolo’s Fashion, Carson, CA

Cherise Charleswell
Author of Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & Those Who Love Them

For Immediate Release
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.

Interview with Dameon Wroe

Harlequin ebooks

Dameon Wroe 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?

The feedback and response in sales that I acquired from my first book, True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol. I was very encouraging. I say that because I didn’t go into the publishing arena with confidence that I could sell a lot of books. After getting turned down by Barnes & Noble while soliciting stores to carry my book, I became very discouraged but I didn’t quit. I then took my book to a manager at the Borders Bookstore at the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry and they agreed to carry 10 copies to start with. Several weeks later, I was notified that Borders needed me to ship them more books because the first supply had sold out. Ultimately, I sold out four times while my books were on the shelves at Borders and the rest was history!

It was the greatest accomplishment in the world to know that I had written a book that other people actually cared about reading. When I got my first few checks from Borders, based on the books I sold, it was proof that I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to. True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol. I sold enough copies to inspire me to want to write another book, which brings me to the most prolific and awe-inspiring book I have every written…. No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry.

No Longer Silent

(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.

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No Longer Silent – By Way of Poetry by Dameon K. Wroe

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 .

Life on Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

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.

Graywolf Press

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Head Off & Split: Poems by Nikky Finney

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 Literary Awards – Nominees and Winners

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
Larry Wilson
Desirae Day
Marian L. Thomas
Rahiem Brooks
China Ball

Breakout Author of the Year
Kai
Rahiem Brooks
Karla Brady
Traci Bee
VJ Gotastory

Indie Book Store of the Year
Zahra’s Book Store
Novel Tees
Horizon Books
Urban Knowledge Book Store
Literary Joint

Book Club of the Year
OOSA
Rawsistaz
Chicago Reading Circle
BMORE Readers
Distinct Ladies

Magazine of the Year
Alive
O
Ebony
Essence
Today’s Black Women

Publicist of the Year
Dawn Hardy
Tyora Moody
Pam Perry
Marlene Harris

Indie Publisher of the Year
Melodrama
Cartel Publications
Synergy Publications
Triple Crown Publications
Strebor Books

Street Lit Writer of the Year
K’wan
Wahida Clark
T Styles
KD Harris
Miasha

Reviewer of the Year
Rhea Banks
Urban Book Source
Joey Pinkney
Rawsistaz
Jennifer Cossiore

Poet of the Year
Marc Lacey
Samara King
Charlene Green
GPA

Male Author of the Year
JM Benjamin
Carl Weber
Gregg Burton
Moses Miller
Brian W. Smith

Romance Author of the Year
Trice Hickman
NTyse
Sheila Goss
Suzetta Perkins
Zuri Day

Female Author of the Year
Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Tu-shonda Whitaker
Karla Brady
Monique Mensah
Lutisha Lovely

Readers Choice
Shelia Lipsey
Yasim Harrison
Lutisha Lovely
April Bowden & Jeanie Bell
Isiah Hurst
Cherie Johnson

Pistols and Prayers by Ise Lyfe

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”…

iUniverse
Available March 5, 2010 in Paperback

Semmaster’s Thoughts (Life of A Little Man)

Semmaster’s Thoughts are a series of poems partitioned by the emotional reflections of a man who has finally taken control of his body, mind and soul from the demons within. The Great Master has awakened my senses to the sweet smells, sounds and sights of a literary world full of the essence, verbal expressions and visions that has long been ascending from gut to mouth to paper, the truth as it reflects the path I must trek to enter into the Mansion of The Creator.
my name is Steven Eugene Miller and I have written a book unlike that of any book you have read. This is a little book with a huge message about a little man who has lived an extraordinary life

You can read an excerpt of my book at Amazon.com.

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems by Alice Walker

Alice Walker is beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others. Here she confronts personal and collective challenges in words that dance, sing, and heal. As Shiloh McCloud describes in her foreword, Walker’s poems contain “the death of loved ones and the birth of new ideas, the sorrow of rejection and the deliciousness of love, the sweetness of home, familial abandonment, and what it means to belong to the greater world family.” As Walker writes in her preface, the “empty” half of a glass holds “a rainbow that could exist only in the vacant space.” Musing on the role of dance, which gives this collection its title, she writes, “though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”

New World Library
Available October 1, 2010 in Hardcover

Sensual Sounds

Take time out to slow down and appreciate love in various forms. From love of self to love of that special someone. “Sensual Sounds” will help you apppreciate the world around you. Available on amazon and barnesandnoble.com. Published by IUniverse.

Sensual Sounds: A Collection
by Marcie Eanes

Iuniverse
Available 01/20/10 in Paperback

Sensual Sounds is a thought-provoking poetry collection designed to inspire and encourage readers to cherish intimate relationships. Nationally featured writer, poet and motivational speaker Marcie Eanes draws for everyday experiences to create compelling poetic verse.

Sensual Sounds is separated into five sections. Each reflects Eanes’s skill and talent in encouraging readers to rediscover personal passions and mend strained relationships along with celebrating everyone’s bliss. Sensual Sounds contains something for everyone. Eanes’s upbeat poetry, which has been presented in a variety of settings, resonates with audiences everywhere. Among poetry’s varied landscape, Eanes’s unique voice is much needed nourishment for the soul. Sensual Sounds is a priceless addition to all avid poetry lovers’ collections.

Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez

Beacon Press
Available 02/01/10 in Hardcover

This new volume by the much-loved poet Sonia Sanchez, her first in over a decade, is music to the ears: a collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism.

In her verses, we hear the sounds of Max Roach “exploding in the universe,” the “blue hallelujahs” of the Philadelphia Murals, and the voice of Odetta “thundering out of the earth.” Sanchez sings the praises of contemporaries whose poetic alchemy turns “words into gems”: Maya Angelou, Richard Long, and Toni Morrison. And she pays homage to peace workers and civil rights activists from Rosa Parks and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to Brother Damu, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. Often arranged in strings of twelve or more, the haiku flow one into the other in a steady song of commemoration. Sometimes deceptively simple, her lyrics hold a very powerful load of emotion and meaning. There are intimate verses here for family and friends, verses of profound loss and silence, of courage and resilience. Sanchez is innovative, composing haiku in new forms, including a section of moving two-line poems that reflect on the long wake of 9/11.

In a brief and personal opening essay, the poet explains her deep appreciation for haiku as an art form. With its touching portraits and by turns uplifting and heartbreaking lyrics, Morning Haiku contains some of Sanchez’s freshest, most poignant work.