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
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 awareness and promote a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry.
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.
Saturday, Sept 1, 2018
Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the 18th annual Library of Congress Book Festival is a family-friendly event and is free and open to the public. Book signings and sales, presentations by authors, illustrators, and poets. Fun and exciting activities for every age group, panel discussions, food service, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Library of Congress.
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.
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.
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. 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.
Appearances by local and nationally known authors. Booksellers, signings, exhibitors, and presentations on multiple stages. Workshops, panel discussions, storytellers, and poetry readings. Cooking demos by top chefs, live music, food, beer, and wine. Street theater and hands-on projects for kids.