I write to explore what’s on the inside; to liberate trapped memories and memorialize recollections willing to surrender to the softening of time.
The training and temperament of a journalist, I use my experience to explore the porous nature of human memory. My short stories and essays tease out the concept of time within recollections, alchemizing repressive narratives of alienation and dislocation into stories of shared bonds and new beginnings. Inhibition plays protagonist in my prose; I explore it as the compelling characteristic in those brought up in punitive ideologies. I interrogate judgment with a close lens and consider how it is rooted in evolutionary survival. I research environments within which individuals rise above the “us-them” consciousness and seek equality. I write about becoming aware of differences, and in doing so, becoming a better version of self.
I use imagery for exploration to build storylines. Photography is forever an allure. Images are often the foundations that bring words into being.
Music is the ribbon I interlace throughout my work; in whatever form, it is a ubiquitous force binding us all together. I listen for Earth’s song as I compose poetry. I observe and record influences within religions that claim dominion over, instead of communion with nature. I write to chronicle a disappearing nature. My observations of nature’s gifts are my attempt to hold still within it for a moment, to capture and celebrate what exists before transformations render it unrecognizable.
I pursue the art of the written word. What’s its shape? How does it feel? I write to unpack issues around which I hope conversations will grow and flourish; I would like to inject the world with a dose of empathy.
On May 27, 2020 NPR's poet-in-residence, Kwame Alexander, shared the poem, 'Running for Your Life,' a community poem for Ahmaud Arbery. The poem had hardly been complete when another horrific tragedy demanded the world stare squarely again into the face of injustice: the death of George Floyd.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to Austrian Author
And finally, The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk.
It's time to revisit the splendor of Beloved as the world bids farewell to the incandescent Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel prize in literature 2018 is cancelled, and the circumstances surrounding the decision to postpone the award are mired in the complicated global perception of right and wrong. The Swedish Academy announced there will be two laureates in 2019.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and the prize for Fiction was awarded to Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company). What a beautiful, worthwhile read - substantial.
Where would we be without artists like those who occupy the pages of Mission At Tenth, the peaceful torchbearers relentlessly insisting on social change? Spending time in the pages of this literary journal feels like a road map for the intellect - and for the heart.
Have you read Megan Hunter's, The End We Start From? Dystopian Fiction, this felt real - insightful. The world into which the author wraps her characters is so fantastical that the story demands the reader constantly check what she knows about reality. Getting lost in this story is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… YOUTHQUAKE! The noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." Oxford editors collected mounds of data to arrive at their decision. Why did this word spark in our collective conscience in 2017, and what does it indicate for the year ahead?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It delightfully breaks all the structure rules!
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