All posts tagged: Poetry

A Look Back: My Day At The 2016 Los Angeles Time’s Festival of Books (Event Review)

*Note: I wrote almost all of this shortly after the Bookfest event in April, but never got around to posting it. Please enjoy my look back at #Bookfest.*


Death By Comb by Camari Carter (Book Review)

  With a few paint cracks in the cover, my autographed copy of Death by Comb is in excellent, used condition. To me, it looks worn and ragged, but I’m sure no one else would even give it a second thought. I have carried this book on my person daily since I acquired it a week ago. It has moved with me from room-to-room as I complete my daily tasks. You never know when you’ll have a spare second to read. I don’t even break the spine on my books, but that’s another story. This story (review) is about my week on Camari Carter’s journey. Plant (a haiku)  the living room plant forgotten, dry, and withered we are much alike Not that this has anything to do with the content of her work, but I didn’t like the cover art. By the time I had held a book in my hand, I had already heard her perform some of her poetry and had a very brief chat with her. This cover art was not her. I mean, yes, it is a picture of her. But …

Death by Comb Book Signing at The World Stage in Leimert Park Village (Event Review)

I’m a yes person. I’ll agree to participate in almost any kind of experience, and at 31, it’s been a pretty good way to grow and learn more about the world around me. “Hey, wanna listen to this album?” Sure. “Wanna see this movie?” Of course. “Wanna go to a book signing and release party?” Yes, sign me up! When you have an open mind and see newness as an opportunity, your walk through life is a series of exciting adventures. This mindset leads me to a meet up with friends in Leimert Park of South LA. A friend of a friend, LA local Camari Cater was celebrating the recent publishing of her book Death By Comb. None of this meant anything to me a week ago, but now, I can’t get the uplifting experience out of my head. Although I have lived in the Los Angeles area for almost 10 years, I haven’t ventured far from my home. I don’t live close to the downtown area. People unfamiliar with LA topography don’t understand how big Los Angeles County is. Sometimes a long drive …

Top Ten For The Weekend

This is taking the place of Weekly Wrap-Up. It just wasn’t accomplishing my goal of being an “in case you missed it” kind of post. Making the posts were tedious, and somewhat lacking in substance. I spend a lot of my time reading short form articles, and I wanted to bring other perspectives into the blog. Top Ten for the Weekend will be my favorite bookish or informative things from the week. That can include book titles, quotes, articles,  photos, ANYTHING that moved me. Please enjoy the first installment of TTftW: My Sister, She (a poem) by Jasmyne K. Rogers Why We Must Find Space for the Activism of Black Women Academics by Jenn M. Jackson Afro-Zen, The Afro Centric Coloring Book for Grown-ups by Sinai Fleary What Maya Angelou Taught Melissa Harris-Perry About Courage an interview with Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech by Kwame Alexander Why Harriet Tubman on the $20 Matters So Much to Me As a Black Woman by Evette Dionne We all were sadden to hear of the passing of a …

Weekly Wrap-Up 04/15/2016 (Bookfest Edition)

Catch up on what I purchased, what I’ve read, and what’s coming soon… Upcoming:  With such a busy last couple of weeks, I will be spending some time just relaxing and reading over the weekend. I am not even looking for anything to do. The LA Times Festival of Books was amazing and intense, and I need another week to really reflect on my experience. I look lots of pictures, met some great writer, and really enjoyed myself. Wednesday’s post will have all the details.