Self love is the will God had for my life

I didn’t feel pretty as a little girl. Other girls bullied me way too often. I started writing poems as a form of escapism when I was in the 5th grade. I had a friend named Erica Herrera who was my best friend when I was a little girl. I can remember getting in to Cave Canem twice and thinking “Ayesha you’re a poet now it’s official”. I have a poem in this month’s June 2017 NAMI Mercer newsletter and I am so happy. Miss Maddy put the spotlight on me: Ayesha Karim poet and volunteer. I have a copy of the newsletter from last June 2016 when I was a winner of the 22nd Annual NJ Wordsmith competition. That was my biggest honor but this June 2017 I am getting another poem published in City Voices a peer led journal. Much thanks to Miss Maddy and Miss Elena Kravitz. I was wearing a long pink and white stripe tank dress and a raspberry beret yesterday to school and I felt so pretty and happy to be Ayesha!

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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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