I recently published a poem in the NAMI Mercer newsletter for January 2016. I am really looking forward to publishing my first Chapbook. I need 25 poems and so far I have close to 20 poems written and typed in a file on my laptop. I keep Journals and I write a lot. I want to get a chocolate Shit-zu when my older cats die. I feel like I’ve been so blessed to have had the experience I had taking Edi Giunta’s Memoir class for two semesters and following her on Twitter and liking her recommended Facebook pages. Hands down sharing from both of my memoirs at Memoirfest has to be the best thing I’ve ever done. If I could have I would’ve taken Capstone with Edi and just wrote and wrote.
I published a poem in the NAMI Mercer newsletter this January 2016 (and a poem in January 2013). I saw my poem published online on the NAMI Mercer website and a print copy will be in the mail any day now. I love being a Poet!
I am taking a course in Writing for Children and Teenagers this coming January of 2016 with the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. I will probably take a year to complete the course but I have up to two years to complete my coursework. I have an idea for a story about a little girl as the main character who has some problem or illness that she will solve at the end of the book. I have always wanted to write children’s books. I took ENG 222 Children’s Literature at Mercer at the James Kerney campus with Dr. Hazel Cooper and I remember loving the class. I took Children’s and Young Adult Lit with Professors Kelley and Fisch at NJCU too but I never got credit for the course! My goal is to have a manuscript that I can submit to a publisher by next January 2017 and hopefully I will publish my first children’s book by May 2017. I’m hoping my idea for my children’s book centered around a little girl character will inspire readers both girls and boys. Girls rule! Women rock!
I applied to Cave Canem for the third time for a poetry workshop. I am going to turn 35 right before the poetry workshop starts in February 2016. This will be the second Cave Canem poetry workshop I have attended. It has 8 sessions that begin in February and end in April. We will meet every Wednesday starting on February 17, 2016. Our Final Reading is on April 13, 2016. I’m excited and I don’t plan to miss one session. I’m taking the train by myself again like I did this Fall ’15. I’m planning on inviting my parents to the Final Reading in April. April is National Poetry Month.
I want to write children’s books. I want to write a children’s book with a black female character as the center of the story. I am going to be taking a course at the Institute of Children’s Literature in Writing for Children and Teenagers. It may take me a year or it may take me two years to complete the course. I’m interested in writing poems for children.
I listened to current Memoir students share from their memoirs. I asked Edi if I could share from my memoir. She told me only current students could share from their memoirs but I was there. I am planning on going to Memoirfest again in May of 2016. Thomas was my ride there and back from Journal Square! The night ended at 11:30pm. I will ask Thomas again to be my ride this coming May ’16 if he’s going to Memoirfest. May 2016 will be my last time going to Memoirfest. I cannot get a ride to Memoirfest in the future from anybody and I cannot ask my mom.
I am going to Memoirfest this coming Saturday December 19, 2015. I am bringing mozzarella sticks. I am going to share a journal entry from my Process Journal about the time when I was going through puberty and my great aunt Sybil tried to bleach my dark chocolate skin. I am looking forward to the party, Thomas is picking me up at 3pm at Journal Sqaure. After I turned thirty I learned to accept myself and my dark complexion and my body and all my imperfections.