I know, I know--it's been waaaay too long since you've heard from me.
I've been busy caretaking for ill family members, writing and pulling back from social media to focus on being more present with family, friends and myself. Here's a few highlights of what I've been doing...
But Good Things Have Been Happening....
Happy to announce I am on the national advisory board for a new literary initiative with: The Smithsonian, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation and more. Learn more here.
Served on the review team for the NEA's MidWest Big Read recently. Worked with an amazing team of folks from around the country.
I had the opportunity to be the lead writer for an upcoming book on Black women in philanthropy. I wrote the chapters for New Orleans and Ohio by facilitating conversations and interviews with some of the most powerful Black women in philanthropy in the South and Midwest. Learn more here.
I have a book review in the latest issue of the Langston Hughes Review. Sequoia Maner is a poet on the rise.
Great Lakes African American Writers Conference (GLAAWC) is hosting Homecoming: Three Black Women Creatives Return to the Land - a celebration of Black women artists from Cleveland. Three native Clevelanders and nationally recognized artists, poets Kelly Harris-DeBerry and Teri Ellen Cross Davis, and composer and poet Janice A. Lowe are returning to Cleveland for three days. Cleveland and beyond. All events are free.
Thursday, June 29 at 5:30pm at Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
Friday, June 30 at 1pm at Cuyahoga County Public Library Warrensville Heights
Saturday, July 1 at 11am at ThirdSpace Reading Room
Added: Larchmere Arts
July 1 at 7pm
New Chapbook Available!
Order Home Girl: Poems from my website. Limited copies available.
Home Girl is a chapbook (a short collection) of poems about place, memory and coming of age.
"I wish you water/a cool spine of river/bending you/but never breaking."