Fall Back – Revisiting Previous Work

Happy Sunday readers, writers, and friends. I hope your weekend has been all that you needed. Our clocks went back an hour and while we’re falling back I’m looking back at some of my old writing. Of course I made some changes (us writers can’t help ourselves; a chance to edit something we swore was complete is irresistible).

Supernova

When stars shimmer

                   are they really

          just winking

at each other?

                     Are they blushing

             brightly, trying

         to figure

Does she like me

                 As much as I

          like her? Do they

         burn, burn, at

the core the way

                   I do for you?

               Imagine

            a heat red-

hot enough to

             blaze blue.

         I love

      you with

   the energy

of stars, two

stars exploding.

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This poem and some other writings are accessible for free on my Patreon . I’ll be posting contributor only pieces there as well. Pledge $1, $5, $10, or more a month for those and other rewards.

Quick!

I have laughed

and laughed

and laughed today.

I feel closer to

the child I

used to be

Closer

to the Woman

I am becoming

I feel light

like sugar spun

around a paper cone

like a bird

with lift

and purpose.

Quick,

before I

fly away

take my picture.

Greensboro Bound Literary Festival 2018 May 18th-20th

This week over 70 authors will descend upon Greensboro for readings, signings, and lively conversation with readers.

I’m excited to attend not only as a fan of several authors presenting, but also as an author on a panel. I’ll be sharing time with Ray Morrison, Steve Cushman, and Steve Mitchell at Preyer Hall, Greensboro History Museum, May 19, 4:30 pm to talk about contemporary Short Stories, read from our work, and sign a few books.

Of all the events taking place this weekend I know I’m most excited for Nikki Giovanni (A Good Cry, 2017), Fred Chappell (I Am One of You Forever, 1985), Leesa Cross-Smith (Whiskey & Ribbons, 2018), and Greensboro Bound After Hours. There will be music, performances, and of course books.

For a full list of events browse the Greensboro Bound site.

Opening reception takes place at Weatherspoon Art Gallery, UNCG, May 17, 6:00 pm

I hope to see you there!

Review

Happy Thursday! I’m celebrating Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) with a new review at the Black Lesbian Literary Collective website.

Love Conjure/Blues by Sharon Bridgforth is performance, prose, and poetry. You can read my full review here.

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National Poetry Month

Did everyone make it through April Fools’ Day? I’m not a big fan of being got, so I’m glad no one tried it with me.

Other than being an acceptable time to trick folks April is National Poetry Month #NaPoMo

Here’s my first poem for the month. A haiku:

 

Your eyes are the sun

Warming my core so deeply

Gaze upon me, look

 

 

 

Have a great day! Happy National Poetry Month

March Did That

I have to say March has really shown out for me this year. It’s been so exciting and challenging, and motivating. I’m still (in my mind) celebrating the launch of my first ever collection of short stories. Two Moons hit shelves March 20th and the reception so far has been a good one.

We held the book launch the same week at the Raleigh LGBT Center and I had a blast. Sure there was cake and bubbly to share, but for me the real fun was reading my stories out loud, discussing the who, what, why of those stories, and engaging with those of you who came. When I say I can’t wait to do it again, I really, really mean it. Thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday. You made my launch incredible.

Next up I’ll be at North Carolina Writer’s Network Conference (NCWN) in Greensboro, NC on  April 21st.  I’ll be manning the booth for publisher BLF Press. Come say hi and buy some books.

Speaking of books, if you haven’t already, you can still get signed copies of Two Moons from BLF Press. Click here to go straight to the bookstore. If you have your copy already, please write a review and post it on Goodreads. Reviews make things happen for books. It can be a short sentence or two, what you enjoyed and why. Every review helps get this book in the hands of new readers. Thank you!

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It’s Publication Day!

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Today is a very special day! It’s publication day. Two Moons is out in the world being magical, black, and queer as all get out.

I can’t wait for you all to hold it and read it and find yourselves in it.

You can get a copy from BLF Press or booksellers like amazon. Also, if you’re in North Carolina Saturday March 24th, I’d love to see you at the book launch. It’s being held at the Raleigh LGBT Center (324 S. Harrington Street) from 6pm-8pm. There will be a reading, discussion, some book signing, and cake! What could be better? Come on out!

Special thanks to everyone who helped me and who worked on Two Moons. It means so much to me to know y’all and to have your brilliance touch these stories. I’m forever grateful.

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Women are powerful.

 

 

2017 Year End

2017 has been a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s been difficult and challenging, joyous and prosperous. 2017 encouraged people to reflect on who they are, who their family and friends are, and what they are willing to do to love, protect, and respect themselves and others.

It’s been scary and overwhelming at times. It’s been enlightening too.

I gave myself a chance this year, more so than any other time. I slowed down, I listened, I let people show me kindness and love. I connected with people.

I read incredible books and stories for which I am extremely thankful for.

This year I completed my first collection of short stories. Two Moons, a collection of transformation and possibility. I’m happy for this book’s coming. Release day is March 20th, 2018. Join me March 24th  at the Raleigh LGBT Center for a reading. You can preorder Two Moons straight from the publisher here.

I hope you all have the opportunity to take a little time for yourselves this holiday season. You deserve it. I’ll see you in 2018.

Love and Light.

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BLF Press Call For Submission

Black Women Writers here is a call for submission for you. Black From The Future, A Collection of Speculative Writing. I’m co-editing with Stephanie Allen of BLF Press and Lauren Cherelle of Resolute Publishing. Get all of the details at blfpress.submittable.com

 

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