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Author, Editor, and Poet
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Writing and editing books in multiple genres, including fiction, history, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Also: composing poetry, blogging, writing syndication-quality articles and editorials, and serving as a publishing consultant liaison.
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Working scribe who is also a member of PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.
Introduction

Both of my current works in progress have given me reason to reflect on the creative passions that first drove me to lift a pen and confront the world through writing. One of the works is an anthology of sorts and the other a memoir.

I fell in love at an early age with the biographies of authors, poets, and artists. Like many others who have fallen headlong into that romantic dream, I wanted to live a life that reflected the kind of passionate courage, creative daring, and manifestations of genius that I imagined their lives did. Years later, like many others who have fallen headlong into that starry-eyed vision,  I realized that reading about literary heroes and sheroes was a lot easier than duplicating the triumphs of their lives. But has that stopped me from trying? Not at all.

If tempted or forced to identify any aspect or juncture of my literary career as regrettable, I would probably say it was the fact that family matters prevented me from touring after the publication of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003, Facts On File/Infobase Publishing). But I would then have to point out that my years as a caregiver, as costly as they were on different levels, stand among the most richly rewarding in my life. Among those rewards is the fact that grace so often stepped in to compensate for the nonexistent book tours and placed Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance in libraries across the globe, making it one of the better selling books on the celebrated subject. To date, in this year of its 10th anniversary, it not only continues to sell in printed form but is part of the Bloom’s Literary Reference Online and African-American History Online education databases as well.

The Works Produced and Survived

It has often been said that in order for an author to write with commanding insight, she or he needs to experience as much of life as possible. But those who have dedicated yeas to the creation of one or two masterworks, or who complete one major project only to dive right into the next, know that writing itself is a core component of what constitutes “living” for authors dedicated to the craft.  We begin instinctively to measure years by the works produced and survived.

I no longer try to match the intense adventures that went into Hemingway’s breathtaking prose, the oracular historical scope that defines novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or the jaw-dropping qualities that make the writings of a Toni Morrison, Albert Camus, or Shakespeare so singular. I treasure the realization that nothing made, or makes, them quite so great as their respect for the sound of their own literary voices. In addition to the aforementioned Encyclopedia, my voice continues to sing out through the following pages:

I Made My Boy Out of Poetry (fiction and poetry first published by the regional Washington Press in 1997); The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (Kensington Books and Open Road Media, 2003 and 2011); The American Poet Who Went Home Again (2008, Black Skylark Singing, 2008); ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love (2008, featuring art by Luther E. Vann); The River of Winged Dreams (a.k.a. The Bridge of Silver Wings, 2010, Black Skylark Singing Press); and Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (2012).


In addition to blogging frequently (somewhat) at Red Room, I also share blogs and articles at CTI, AuthorsDen, and my column, "The National African-American Art Examiner" on Examiner.com.  


I’ve been blessed to walk in the company of more than a few angels and these are some of them:

Angel of Hope’s Persistent Flight

Angel of Healing For the Living the Dying and the Praying

Angel of Peace

Angel of War

Poets of the Angels

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Happy National Poetry Month. Make a good one whatever your particular nation might happen to be.

#NationalPoetryMonth   #WaltWhitman   #QuotesForNaPoMo   #Quotations   #AcademyOfAmericanPoets   #LangstonHughes  
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One need not, after all, call oneself an artist in order to embrace either the beauty that roses give to the world or the genius that one’s love does.

#NonviolentConflictResolution   #WorldPoetryDay   #NationalPoetryMonth   #Art   #WomenArtists   #ClassicPoetry  
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Thank you for allowing me to join. I started my ongoing Text and Meaning Article Series as a way to revisit the works of different individuals who have had a powerful impact on the lives of others. This being the week of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, those interested might enjoy the installment from the series on his "I Have A Dream" Speech: 
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For those of us inside the #PolarVortex  happiness is staying warm. The warmer you stay the happier you are. Yet for many outside the vortex happiness is checking out the "Immortal World Tour" in Dubai or jamming elsewhere in other ways. So much depends on context, doesn't it?

#Guerrilla_Decontextualization   #MichaelJackson   #Philosophy_of_Information  
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Americans refer to April as National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month but every year more and more nations of the world embrace the celebrations.

#NationalPoetryMonth   #JazzAppreciationMonth   #Quotations  
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A powerful poet's voice is not something oppressive societies tend to appreciate very much.

#NaPoMo   #NationalPoetryMonth   #PENInternational   #Poetry   #PoliticalPrisoners   #PoetsInPrison  
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So totally strange the way the world remains convinced that war is the way to go during times of international dispute.

#War   #Ukraine   #Russia   #GivePeaceAChance  
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Thanks for pointing out the typo in the previous post. One has to do right by the great #AmiriBaraka .
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It's very encouraging to see people around the world asserting attitudes of positive determination in light of the destructive conflicts and other less-than-happy events going on right now. Inspiring oneself is a good way to push through and keep moving forward, which is something I was reminded of after receiving a message about this article in India on quotes for the New Year 2014:

#CountingDownTheNewYear   #QuotesForNewYear2014   #InspireYourself   #India   #HappyNewYear  
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I like your ramblings. Particularly enjoyed this stanza from WINTER SKY: 

"I can feel the sky breaking around me.
Bits of colored prisms falling.
Make a wish."
--Lunar Ramblings

Thank you for sharing, and have a great New Year 2014.
 
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