Racism as a theme in my memoir: Ayesha’s story-the SZ memoirs

I love memoir writing. I love nonfiction books and writing nonfiction about my life. Nonfiction brings me JOY! I remember how it felt to have a 20 page memoir at the end of my last semester at NJCU in May 2015.  Racism is something I experience sometimes because I am African American when I go places I go. It affects my life whether I acknowledge it or not. It’s always there and it was there in the past for black people. When I first joined NAMI Mercer NJ racism was there but the racism was subtle I guess you could say. People were mostly nice even if they were “not friendly”. I became myself in my 30s. I’m 36 and I feel like I have made peace with my illness for a few years now. I go to Just Friends social group events for adults with mental illnesses and I feel like I’m a part of what’s going on with the group. We go out three times a month. It’s very nice. Lasley’s summer picnic is next Saturday. I have a ride with friends and I plan to go. I have three copies of my chapbook for Danita, Anastasia and Mindy (the woman doctor). I will collect $5 each from Mindy and Danita to cover the cost of my chapbook. Anastasia gave me the $5 for her chapbook already.

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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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