Category Archives: Writing

Countdown to publication: Posing for publicity shots

Among the many things authors must do before their book comes out in print is to pose for publicity shots. My debut novel is scheduled for publication 14 months from now—September 2019. That may seem far away, but the publisher … Continue reading

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Why this writer is sad at the shutdown of a drumming school

I got word today that the DrumConnection, New England’s premier hand-drumming school, based in Arlington, Massachusetts, will soon be shutting its doors. The DrumConnection offers excellent djembe and dunun instruction in private classes, workshops, and performances. The DrumConnection also sponsors … Continue reading

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Dubbed “The Bronze Muse,” This Was the First African American Woman To Publish A Short Story

I marvel at this woman’s accomplishments, considering all of the societal challenges she must have faced. Dubbed the “Bronze Muse” in honor of her skills as both a writer and lecturer, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper is regarded as one of … Continue reading

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Women Reading Aloud acknowledges the power of women’s voices

WOMEN READING ALOUD is an international organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice. WRA believes in providing space for artistic growth. Founded in New Jersey in 2003, it offers writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, … Continue reading

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Six benefits for writers who appear on community access television

Several other writers and I, who contributed essays to the anthology, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, published by 2Leaf Press, were recently invited to appear on the Boston Neighborhood Network, a public access television station. The mission of BNN is … Continue reading

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The thrill of being in the audience at author readings is just as thrilling as being “onstage”

Ever since moving to the Boston area 14 years ago, I’ve been a fan of Porter Square Books. An independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that supports independent presses, small book associations, and little-known authors, Porter Square Books has hosted a … Continue reading

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The ‘She shed,’ a refreshing development for women who want a space of their own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. This quote is from a 1929 essay by pioneering English writer Virginia Woolf. It is seen as a feminist text and an argument … Continue reading

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What it means to be chosen a finalist for the Still I Rise Micro-grant

Alternating Current, a boutique independent press, is dedicated to publishing and promoting literature that challenges readers. The press publishes diverse voices and all that is electric in the literary world. This year the press inaugurated the 2017 Still I Rise Micro-grant … Continue reading

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7 Common mistakes to avoid when writing a personal essay

I have been writing personal essays for the past 10 years or so and have suffered through rejections, but have had quite a few successes. Most of what I’ve written has eventually gotten published. Based on my experiences I’ve come … Continue reading

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Writers could take a cue from The Poetry Fox

When I attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference a few months ago, I didn’t expect to encounter a furry creature with a tale at the book expo, banging away at the keys of a manual typewriter. I … Continue reading

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My essay is featured on the new Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast and how writers can raise their profile by having a podcast

The editors at Chicken Soup for the Soul have informed me that they have just started a series of inspirational podcasts to promote their books. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, Amy Newmark, will discuss a different Chicken Soup for … Continue reading

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A day of celebration for small presses

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this week. The prize for poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess for the book, Olio. The book is described as astoundingly innovative, combining poems, songs, historical facts, fiction, interviews and tables to create … Continue reading

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