Every so often an image and a few words will draw you further into a story that needs to to be shared. Tara Ngozi Mixon and her new book “YOUR MOTHER WAS A PANTHER – Stories in Verse” is one of those stories. I came across her through social media. I followed her and contacted her to find out more about who she is and what she is truly about. We corresponded and I decided to share some information about her – and her must read – amazing new book!
“We all come from different backgrounds and have different stories but the one theme many of us Black Women can celebrate and share are our stories of our power, stories that help us stand up and stand out. We must embrace and pay homage to each other. It is mandatory at this time. When I say ‘THIS TIME’ all of us know what I am talking about.” KAREN GIBSON ROC
An orphan is adopted by a storm; a grandmother taps into her ancestral powers and a pregnant woman prepares to give birth as her husband is about to die.
These stories examine what it means to be a black mother in America, and how her mere existence defies time and space. Through magical and musical verse, Mixon deconstructs the archetype and gives voice to the black mother in all of her forms.
Tara Ngozi Mixon was born in Orlando, Florida in 1974. She is an illustrator, award-winning poet, and the author of Why Women Have Hips. She served as creative director for Testify Sister Magazine and curated the Raising Poetry Anthology. She is the founder of Black Girl Narrative and a graduate of University of Central Florida’s creative writing program. Your Mother Was A Panther is her first short story collection.
“YOUR MOTHER WAS A PANTHER – STORIES IN VERSE” is available July 11th, 2017