Author: Kristin Richardson Jordan

Keep dreaming

Thank you John Furman for your company and for the conversation about radical humanitarianism the other night (how appropriate that we are celebrating MLK day today). Your interest in my book Water & Light: Choose Love Now reminds me to love myself and others and to not be afraid to share my story. Thank you also for reminding me that there are readers of all races and genders out there who can see the need for a spiritual revolution in this world where both patriarchy and white supremacy are addressed and the world is safe for young Black girls and EVERYONE else. Thank you also for reminding me to have faith in my work and for reminding me that the world still needs poets. Hope to see you in Utica sometime soon.” – Kristin Richardson Jordan

“Storms” from Water & Light: Choose Love Now

Storms Today I realize I am not alone facing a storm I am not even with others facing a storm I am not even hiding out in the calm center eye of a storm I am more than all of that I am a storm actually all storms As I see god and god is me Creating the calmest storm The strongest storm With the most loving breeze I am now changing my weather however I please and still I am a tool to be used However the universe deems And we are human family As destiny is what it is cannot break the unbreakable Cannot jail what god made free Cannot Divide Hate Conquer make unequal that which is all One Entity And we are human family As truth is what it is cannot break the unbreakable Cannot jail what is forever free Cannot Divide Hate Conquer make unequal that which is all One Entity And from this place there is peace There is love faith strength and humility And also “hostility” when necessary …

Adinkra Keychains (coming soon)

In honor of New Year’s Eve day of Kuumba (creativity- the 6th day of Kwanzaa) we wanted to announce that Pens Up Press will begin production of adinkra keychains featuring symbols that have their root in west African spirituality. The keychains will display the symbol on one side and an explanation of the spiritual meaning of that symbol on the other, adorned with cord ribbon cowrie shells and beads.