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Black History Month 2018: 28 books I love by Black Authors

Black History Month 2018: 28 books I love by Black Authors

For Black History Month, I’m sharing 28 of my favorite books by black authors. Here’s my list of amazing, heart wrenching, fantastically original, and truly haunting books by black writers. 28 Books I love by Black Authors: 1 – The Color Purple by Alice Walker […]

Everyday Poetry with Sandee Gertz : Feb 4, 2018 : Radio Free Nashville

Everyday Poetry with Sandee Gertz : Feb 4, 2018 : Radio Free Nashville

On Sunday, Feb. 4, I went live on the Everyday Poetry airwaves talking shop with the always lovely Sandee Gertz. Here’s a recording. Skip to 3:30 if you want to bypass the intro song & get straight to the meat of it.  We discussed […]

on Kindle now!: Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood

on Kindle now!: Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood

As of today, Birth & What Came After is available as an ebook for the Kindle platform. If you’ve already bought the paperback from Amazon, you can download the ebook for FREE in the Matchstick program. If you haven’t purchased it, it’s incredibly affordable on […]

Mailing List Sign-Up (Birth & What Came After)

Mailing List Sign-Up (Birth & What Came After)

Thanks so much for reading Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had a ball writing it. To receive a monthly (at most!) newsletter full of book recommendations, writing prompts, inspiration, & updates about future books, please fill […]

The Artist’s Way: using the book for a year of creativity work

The Artist’s Way: using the book for a year of creativity work

My friend and I have decided to use the amazing book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a guide for a year of creativity work. The book provides a 12-week course for recovering your inner artist. Since we are busy with life, we worried […]

2017: Year in Review

2017: Year in Review

2017 has been a rough year for a lot of people. There have been losses. But there’s also been a lot of good. My good friend Joey Leslie suggested we do a Year in Review, so here’s mine! I went to writing clubs and book […]

book club: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

book club: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

On Sunday, December 17, our Nashville book club met to discuss The Mothers by Brit Bennett. ++ I recommend The Mothers to people who like quiet reads with a tinge of darkness. For a book called The Mothers, I admit I was expecting a few […]

some thoughts on self publishing

some thoughts on self publishing

Since I was young I wanted to write books. I wanted to see my name on spines, have people turn their heads sideways to read: Jessica Bates. And on May 9, 2017, my dream was realized. I had published my first book: Birth & What […]

Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time in years, but since I’m excited for the feature film dropping in 2018, our book club decided to read this iconic children’s book. We met on a relatively cool Sunday at Atmalogy. Most of us had read the […]

Sarah J. Maas: Tower of Dawn Release in Nashville

Sarah J. Maas: Tower of Dawn Release in Nashville

I had the pleasure of attending the book release of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday, September 5. Organized by Parnassus Books and held at Harpeth Hall, Sarah talked about her new book and the entire Throne of Glass series in front […]