I became a part of the conversation: Ayesha’s story!

I became a part of the conversation at NJCU. Even people I took free Praxis CORE workshops with were talking about my memoir or my story. The title of my story is Ayesha’s story: The SZ Memoirs. I remember taking Memoir Workshop with Edi Giunta back in the fall of 2014. I wrote memoirs of increasing length starting with a 350 word practice memoir. Now here I am with over 22,000 words and an ambitious goal of having 40,000 words which is somewhere around 120 pages by January 2018. I love writing memoirs. Women who write memoirs are crazy cool like the Paula Abdul song “Crazy Cool”. I just bought a copy of Angie Martinez’s memoir My Voice and I thought “oh how cool Angie wrote a memoir”. I found my voice again by writing memoirs in Edi Giunta’s Memoir classes (Workshop and Advanced Workshop) at NJCU. I lost my voice all those years ago walking home from the bus stop in my McCorristin High School uniform and green Columbia Sportswear jacket when a racist man in a car screamed “Nigger” at me way back in February of 1995 in Ewing, NJ just walking home from the bus.

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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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