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Change Gonna Come

pic of poet Kristin Richardson Jordan You feel disgusted Detached Distraught Depressed By the system You feel aggrieved Low-self esteem Unable to be seen by the system So you fight the system Or withdraw from the system It is the best you can do Not to have a broken heart For you fear being part of the system Knowing all that is wrong with it And wanting so much better I challenge you to let your heart break I did Only to find that what I thought was breaking was actually healing Only to realize All the warring parts of this world Were in me The racism oppression denigration That is also in you We were programmed With all the prejudices We are warring against And so as we fight the system WE ARE ALSO THE SYSTEM As all (the) lies within us are reflected in the world outside us It is our fear of being let down that lets us down It is our feeling things can never change that keeps our goals for …

Update

Hello all, this platform is shifting as I am in a different personal emotional and spiritual place. It is a lot to say publicly and in a short note but the crux of it is I no longer feel compelled to be anti. Anti-war, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-capitalist. I am instead most drawn and interested in being pro humanity in all its forms (note not in a lying “all lives matter” to cover up the truth of who is actually being killed kind of way) but in a pro-peace, pro-Black, pro-women, pro-queer, pro-socialist way, grounded in my own lived experiences, poetic musings, activism, teaching, and artistry. To authors I’ve helped or authors interested in help publishing I am still available and wanting to coach you/support you including use of pens up printing through create space (please feel free to message me) however I will for the most part be putting my energy and intention into my own writing and teaching artistry. To those who may find this to be a shock or disagree please respect …

Books for Birthright

“Kristin approaches teaching with a thoughtfulness and sincerity that individualizes her students’ learning to best suit their growth. She cares about your personal and emotional wellbeing, always checking in, always offering a bright smile. Kristin’s soothing nature stunningly compliment her bold ideas and poetry. During my time with Kristin, I grew as a writer, as a person, as a friend, and as a thinker. She propped open my shell and allowed me to grow into the best version of myself.” – Aastha Jain, college “Fariso you are the kindest. I love you. You are beautiful and amazing mentor.” – Leanne Rodriguez, 7th grade “Fariso is an expert in her craft. Patient and supportive, she doesn’t give the answers but leads the students to self-discovery and creative expression.” – NaTasha Mccleod, educator and co-founder of True Stages Theatre Company “Kristin always brings her own light into teaching. She strengthens us as writers by allowing us to approach the classroom using our own experiences. She always connects with students making sure that we understand ourselves and she …

My wish to young writers…

1.May you hold the silence during the times you have writer’s block sitting with the uncertainty and discomfort, knowing that productivity is an allusion and from here you will grow, and you will find out more and write more than you ever imagined 2. May you not let the “real” world beat you down to doing “practical” things and thus not allowing you to just be, to just explore yourself and what’s around you, to just write as/if/when you feel drawn to do so 3. May you realize the ever elusive victory within, the result of your own inner revolution, where you topple other people’s expectations of you and replace that oligarchy with open socialistic democratic dialogue between all your parts calling all your spirits into one spirit 4. May you realize you are already rich, already brilliant, already abundant, be all these things within and know your outside circumstances will reflect this in god’s time 5. May you let go of fear, cynicism, capitalism, and self-doubt (the real writer’s blocks) 6. May you be …

Writing is an exploration

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go” – E.L. Doctorow I have always enjoyed writing from when I was a little girl. It is what has led me to publishing my own work, wanting to inspire and support other writers, and starting Pens Up Press. I am sharing this short quote in the hopes of inspiring some others. There have been some recent changes to the press and there are more to come. Keep writing. And stay tuned.