Whether you are a fellow writer, visual artist, musician, actor, or patron of the arts, welcome to my world of words and other artistic endeavors. As a poet, playwright, and mixed-media artist, my creative energy is often scattered among various projects. To your left is one of my floral designs. I also design jewelry and invite you to take a tour of my photo gallery.
I have long been an advocate for the arts and find it unfortunate that our society continues to treat the arts as an unnecessary frill. Since we live in a world unprecedented by global connection and communication, I believe it is imperative that we recognize the arts as a universal language, a language in which we must become proficient if not fluent.
This page is dedicated to every artist I have had the privilege to encounter. Enjoy and don't say I never gave you flowers!
Making My Own Rainbows is an attempt to dispel the narrow definitions still forced upon African-American women and present the complexities of their humanity. It is a journey through the vicissitudes of life, a journey which includes, among many subjects, love, triumph, temptation, defeat, jealousy, and joy. Buckle your seat belts and be warned. This is not your grandmother's poetry! Kindle Edition: $5.00
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Every year attempts are made by individuals or groups to have books removed from libraries and classrooms. Any books that are challenged have the potential of being banned or restricted.
26. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
27. The Temple of My Familiar - Alice Walker
28. Black Poets - Dudley Randall
29. Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans - Terry Wallace
Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, Elizabeth Park is the oldest public rose garden in America. I decided to create a still life film using my photographs. Enjoy!
Alores-Cornelius Norris is the first African-American woman to own a beauty lounge in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Her rise, fall, and ultimate triumph is an inspiration to us all. Please visit Beautiful Black Hair and Skin to keep abreast of our blog posts. Join the family and SUBSCRIBE!
Carry a poem in your pocket and share it with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Surprise someone with a poetic text message or share a poem on social media. Participate in a Poem in Your Pocket Day event. For more information, please visit Poets.org.
The Librarian of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith the next Poet Laureate of the United States. She will succeed Juan Felipe Herrera who has served two terms in this position. Ms. Smith is a professor at Princeton University and directs the creative writing program. She wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, Life on Mars, one of three poetry collections and a Memoir titled, Ordinary Light.
The Poet Laureate, who is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, serves as the nation's official poet. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate is expected to raise awareness and promote a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry.
Mon, April 16- Sun, April 22, 2018
New York, New York
A celebration of the richness and variety of literature featuring acclaimed writers and artists from around the world. The festival includes workshops, debates, and performances at venues throughout NYC.
Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, California
A two-day literary event featuring well known writers, booksellers offering books in several languages and genres, rows of book stalls, publishers, music, food, art, cultural organizations, and vendors selling clothing, handmade accessories, and more.
Wales, United Kingdom
The Hay Festival is a celebration of literature, visual arts, music, theater, and journalism. Novelists, scientists, musicians, historians, and politicians come together for a dynamic global conversation
and exchange of ideas. The event also includes a workshop for children and their parents.
Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair is dedicated to rare book and paper collecting, promoting ethical trade, and providing educational opportunities to the public in the field of collecting. In addition to offering rare books, maps, and ephemera, this fair will also have over 80 exhibitors from across the country, a preservation station, and guest speakers. Excellent for the serious collector, print enthusiast, or casual shopper.
Fri, Aug 3rd - Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Highlighting both new and established African-American authors, the National Black Book Conference offers a fun, relaxed, and intimate setting for both readers and writers. Panel discussions, book sales and signings, food, fashion, and accessories.
The largest and most dynamic festival of its kind. Authors, illustrators, and guests from all over the world. Over 700 events enjoyed by people of all ages. High profile debates and discussions series. Children's program including storytelling, workshops, and panel discussions. Book signings and independent bookselling operation. Food, fun, entertainment.
Wed, Sept 5 - Sat, Sept 15, 2018
The International Literature Festival focuses on the development of international prose and lyric poetry. Participation by contemporary authors all over the world. All texts read in original languages and translated into German. Children's and young adult literature. Readings, workshops, discussions, and exhibitions. International poetry slam.
Mon, Sept 10 - Mon, Sept 17, 2018
Brooklyn, New York
Sat, Sept 15, 2018
A Celebration of over 100 years of Agatha Christie's creativity. Dedicated to promoting new stories and connecting to the voices of artists around the world. Inspired by the ingenuity and curiosities of Agatha Christie, this birthday celebration highlights creativity in order to nurture and support artistic innovation, well-being, and enjoyment for all ages.