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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.

As an author which would you prefer?

Which would you prefer… A) an all-included publishing package (cover design, editing, formatting, book marketing plan template [free, $200 value] pdf ebook, 100 print copies, monthly author’s pow wow for 6 months and various other free tools [free, $1080 value] for $954 OR B) a step by step publishing process with cover design cost at $134, editing $204, book formatting $148, book marketing plan template (free, $200 value), pdf ebook $84, book printing of 100 copies at $384 and monthly author’s pow wow for 6 months plus various other free tools (free, $1080 value). Mainly the question we are grappling with over here at Pens Up Press is should we combine all services into one package (A) or split them up (B)?

Sharing new poem written by Kristin Richardson Jordan

I am a living legacy To my ancestors and family To the loss and recovery Of my own spirit To endless hope In a world of unfilled expectations I am a living legacy To my people and my god To my own integrity That sometimes waffles Inside my own humanity Never perfect I am a living legacy To all my mistakes And my parents’ parents’ parents’ And all their mistakes Translated into lessons learned And I am a living legacy To all their triumphs too To all the traumas overcome The breakdown of ceilings And the building of bridges too Yes I am a living legacy Of what all my parts and paths and pasts Compel me to do Constantly held accountable to my ancestors And what I know to be true I am also a living legacy To poetic lines scribbled on napkins saved into published works That I stumbled on in pre-teen years and began to feel less alone Lines like “still I rise” I am also a living legacy To harder lines …