April Is National Poetry Month, and I Haven’t Published A Thing: But Poetry Is Still Happening!


I had planned to post this essay on Monday April 15, to mark the Ides of National Poetry Month. However, my personal life—and the life of the World—intervened. My personal concerns are mine to deal with. My life as a poet/writer and citizen of the World is another matter; and events of the past few … More April Is National Poetry Month, and I Haven’t Published A Thing: But Poetry Is Still Happening!

The Reading List from baltimoreblackwoman: Quick Reviews


Over the past two months, I’ve read three books and one literary journal—the most continued book reading I’ve done in years. Michelle Obama’s Becoming reminded me so much of my own upbringing in Baltimore as a Black girl in a large and functional family that aspired to learn, grow, and excel while overcoming obstacles of … More The Reading List from baltimoreblackwoman: Quick Reviews

Vampire Hours


As the comfort of Winter Darkness wanes and a hint of Spring expands the Light of Day, my nights transmute into Vampire Hours. I cannot sleep. My mind seeks the blood of dreams awakened— plans for tomorrow, regrets of yesterday, a million hopes, a thousand fears converging like bats seeking their cave. I try to … More Vampire Hours

Welcome to 2019! Wait… What Happened to January?


2019 began with a BANG! There was my first poetry reading of the year (second ever) on January 7th with new friend and poetry colleague, Tzynya Pinchback, but missing our mutual friend and colleague Lynne Spiglemire Viti, who had organized the reading. It was a great experience that held the promise of more good things … More Welcome to 2019! Wait… What Happened to January?