Freedom’s Pen page 94 it reads…

“Phillis, you will be remembered forever as the first Negro poetess in America and one of the first women to be published in these colonies.” I think of myself as Phillis. Me being an African American poetess published here in America, in New Jersey. I have had successes in poetry and I’m 36 years old. The first major poetry honor came when I was still at AAMH at the program and Shumayl asked me if I would be interested in sharing my poetry at the 2012 AAMH Client Awards dinner. I shared two poems and I felt like a star that night. I was 31 at the time. I just got a poem accepted by an Anthology somewhere in India. I have to send my contributor fee in and once I do that I will have yet another poetry success. Oh and on March 25, 2017 there is a Recovery Poetry Slam at One Yoga in Hightstown, NJ. I plan to read two new poems I have with Schizophrenia in the title at the poetry slam.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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