All posts tagged: books

Dear NYC – Show that Black Lives Matter

Do they?! Do our lives matter?! I find myself asking this question of our country in the light of the recent Mike Brown verdict. And with all this history of Blacks being killed by cops. And what’s sad is I could make a list of the cases I’ve heard and go on…and on…and on…and on…and at what point do we say STOP. At what point is anything going to change? I shared this poem with one of my writing circles today and it just rings so true. Now can be then. Our ancestors might as well be us. Have we made any progress? No. Think about it. Seriously. I know things are different. But is it progress? Because honestly it seems at times like we haven’t actually gone anywhere. Like we’re just spinning our wheels roaming in circles and cycles having one thing happen and then another…it’s time to fight back. I realize this post is a deviation from the usual Pens Up theme of inspirational words but, well, I can’t be inspirational all the …

THIS THURSDAY 12/11 Liberation Open Mic at 7pm – Free! Harlem Event

Liberation Mic! THIS Thursday December 11th, 7:00pm at the ANSWER COALITION OFFICE 2295 7th Ave. Harlem, NY 10030 Free!! (just $5 suggested donation, no one turned away) Sponsored by Uproar Poetry, the ANSWER Coalition ALL ART WELCOME Come share a poem, story, rap, song, dance, comedy routine, instrumental piece…whatever moves you…or just come listen. This months theme is “Women in Struggle”

Pens Up Press receives the “One Lovely Blog” Award

I’m excited to announce that Pens Up Press has received a blog award: the One Lovely Blog Award! I humbly thank Memoir Notes for nominating me! This award acknowledges up-and-coming bloggers who share their story, thoughts, or content in a beautiful manner that connects with their viewers and followers.   The guidelines for accepting the One Lovely Blog Award are: Thank the person who nominated you for the award, Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog, Share 7 facts or things about yourself, and Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog. I will post my facts and list of recommended bloggers in the comments section.

Baby Books for Us. Mini Rant on the Lack of Books for Children of Color

Some of you have already heard me rant about the lack of children’s books by and for people of color so I will just do a short rant in this post now for those who don’t know the deal. I plan to build on this in the coming days so look out for baby book and children’s book recommendations later this week. Mini Rant on Books by and for Children of Color… There are not enough of them! Our kids are growing up reading and seeing white characters everywhere

3 Exercises for A Writer Who’s Stuck

Hello artists (and readers as well!), I recently sent this out as a personal email in response to a writer asking for advice. We can all use a boost sometimes so here it is! 3 great writing exercises to get you going when you feel stuck… Number #1: About Yourself Writing Exercise by Judy Ireland This is a very thoughtful exercise and is great because its super structured and very interesting, more than your typical writing prompt…