Support the Wanda Coleman Library in L.A.

June 26, 2015

I would like to write a longer post and talk about the times I spoke with Wanda Coleman that were all too brief. Instead, I wanted to share my letter of support since her widow Austin Strauss is advocating for a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library to be named after her. You can […]

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The Next Big Thing

February 13, 2013

I felt so flattered to be tagged by two stellar poets: Kendra DeColo is working on her manuscript Crooked Hope. Annie Finch posted about her new book, SPELLS.
What is your working title of your book (or story)? The working title for my second book is called BREAK THE HABIT.
Where did the […]

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Spring 2013 Update

February 8, 2013

I have not blogged here in a long time, but I want to renew this practice, so I’m at least posting here once a week. Writing has always been a lifeline for me. I will be ever grateful for that. One of the other things besides writing that I am delving into […]

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Tara Betts at Kentucky Women Writers Conference

September 12, 2012

Before I offer the quick update, I wanted to share my excitement for the upcoming Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Lots of contemporary writers that I admire have presented there in the past, and I’ll be there with writers like Kim Addonizio, Ruth Reichl, dream hampton, and others! I’m also excited to see Bianca Spriggs […]

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Arc & Hue

November 28, 2011

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Arc & Hue

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A debut poetry collection.

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Tara & Terrance in MD.

October 10, 2011

I haven’t been blogging as much as I would have liked in 2011, and I’m hoping to change that. I just did one of my last readings for the year in Columbia, MD, where I shared the stage with Terrance Hayes as part of HoCoPoLitSo’s (Howard County Poetry & Literary Society’s) inaugural reading for the […]

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After Troy Davis’ Last Hours

September 21, 2011

I needed to write something to clear my head before trying to sleep. I feel deeply hurt by the denial of a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court. I’ve been involved in many death penalty protests and several protests against specific cases. This one held open a window that made me feel as if this […]

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Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes + Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

June 20, 2011

I wanted to blog about something topical today since the news is irritating me, but I decided to make some cupcakes-vegan cupcakes at that.
Some of the ingredients are a bit more expensive, but I definitely feel that the food is a bit more guilt free. The recipe is a slight variation from Vegan Cupcakes […]

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About Rain…

June 17, 2011

It’s been raining off and on all day. I can look out of the window and part of the sky is whitish gray and the other half of the sky is blue with clouds. The rain is coming in starts and stops as my keys mimic the cadence of Art Blakey’s “Sportin’ Crowd” so […]

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Book Review: Diwata by Barbara Jane Reyes

June 16, 2011

I wanted to share this review that I wrote of Barbara Jane Reyes’ Diwata since the book is worth checking out. If you haven’t, maybe this book will share enough about the poems to pique your interest.

DIWATA, Barbara Jane Reyes, BOA Editions,, 2010, 84 pages, $16.00 paper
Barbara Jane Reyes’ third poetry collection Diwata […]

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