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
Tara Ngozi Mixon (official website)
Yes, I know this guy and proud of it. We have shared stages and shared non-conversational moments of the poetic kind. I have respect and admiration for the continuous presentation of his gifts. He speaks in ways that hold us accountable as human beings. He is in your face with that confident wordsmith kinda power. He doesn’t have to speak loudly or often to actually be heard and remembered, I think that is what has always drawn me to his work and to keep up with what he has going on.
From across the landscape, I have sometimes wished I was hangin’ back in Brooklyn with some of the folks, Tai being one in particular. That’s ok though, I can read and listen to his new works!
“The award-winning poet/soul singer’s new project uses poetry and songs to create a narrative around innocence lost to abuse and weaponized love.”
#NoJewels is a book that tries to narrate a young man’s life that was loved well, loved wrong and, once, not loved at all. Sadly, this story is not an aberration or oddity. There are numerous No Jewels tales in every city. This book of lines, devices, stanza, and spaces hopes to serve them all.
The 20-poem chapbook reinterprets classic literary forms, such as triolets and haiku, to create a narrative of a young man’s loss of innocence. The book follows a psychological path of being subjected to an abuser’s potent mix of love and abuse and the subsequent emergence.
“There’s a lot of trauma in the world, in this story,” explained Allen. “But, even in the midst of that, the collection is about finding yourself. You can emerge on the other side.”
nothing to offer
but remembers (without “whys”)
of a fall i raked,
bagged and placed on the
curb — cliche-close to the cans
waiting for trash day
released April 11, 2017
Available on Amazon
Please be sure to check out the sound that accompanies the book!!! Get ready to Groove to truths and beats!! Right up my ally!! THE “TRAVEL SONG” HAS ME SWAYIN’ AS I WRITE THIS PIECE…YES, I PUT IT ON REPEAT!
Tai Allen is a respected creative who excels in multiple disciplines. The Brooklyn-based creative director is a poet who sings over music he has produced. His poetry has been published in noted tomes ( Bomb, Killens Reviews, OPEN and African Voices) and his music has been heralded by such publications as SoulTracks, CentricTV, Soulhead, Okayplayer and Uptown Magazine. He has headlined such venues as BAMcafé Live in Brooklyn, Nighttown in Rotterdam and the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room in Kansas City, as well as co-hosted the main stage for Art of Cool Festival in Durham.
Be sure to check out this artist and his work. Please feel free to share any and all information you find here!
Thank-you Tai Allen for using your story and your art to open hearts and minds. To bring things to light! To create spaces and places for us to shine! 1Luv always!
Since 1999, Ainsley Burrows has been a lean, mean, poetic machine, having toured at least eight to nine months of the last eight years; hitting almost every state in the United States, as well as several venues in Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany. He has released several books, musical albums and most recently he has compiled over 20 years of poetry in his new project entitled “The Spellcaster’s Manual” (click link or cover image to order book) cover photo by Barron Claiborne
Find out more about this creative and dynamic artist who considers himself a Poet, Writer, and Imagineer!
How could I not share this magnificent information? Liza Jessie Peterson raises the bar with her new book. Watching her stay true to the kids she uplifts and educates is mindblowing. Her tenacity to stay the course is unparalleled. This book is a must read. Release date is April 18th, 2017, however, you can pre-order your copy HERE
CONGRATULATIONS LIZA JESSIE PETERSON!
Told with equal parts raw honesty and unbridled compassion, ALL DAY recounts a year in Liza Jessie Peterson’s classroom at Island Academy, the high school for inmates detained at New York City’s Rikers Island. A poet and actress who had done occasional workshops at the correctional facility, Peterson was ill-prepared for a full-time stint teaching in the GED program for the incarcerated youths. For the first time faced with full days teaching the rambunctious, hyper, and fragile adolescent inmates, “Ms. P” comes to understand the essence of her predominantly Black and Latino students as she attempts not only to educate them but to instill them with a sense of self-worth long stripped from their lives.