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!
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 the national consciousness and promote a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry.
Which book would you choose for our next online book discussion? Contact me with your answer.
Black Wall Street by Hannibal B. Johnson
Reposition Yourself by T.D. Jakes
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Fences by August Wilson
One of most important literary events of the Hispanic world, the Hay Festival is a celebration of literature, visual arts, music, theater, and journalism
Wednesday, Jan 24 - Monday, Jan 29, 2018
One of the largest literary events in the world, the Jaipur Literary Festival features brings together some of the greatest writers for readings, debates, and discussions. The festival also includes live music, interactive workshops, and debut novelists.
March 15 - 28, 2018
Writers from across the globe gather for China's largest annual literary festival. Experience the best in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, travel writing, film, photography, food, wine, and cookery.
Sessions are primarily in English.
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.