How to Triumph like a Girl (a recitation)

https://videopress.com/v/XfwWSoPZ?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true On July 12, The Library of Congress named Ada Limón the 24th poet laureate of the U.S. Limón writes and teaches in Sonoma, California, where she is from. She also resides in Kentucky. Limón earned an MFA from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York …

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The Write Mindset (video presentation)

Do you ever feel like you are making progress, running at a steady pace and yet the finish line keeps moving further away? As I continue down the path of my novel-writing race, the last few days have felt that way, but I am moving forward, and I know my final revision is just a …

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Feel the fear, keep writing! (video presentation)

Trying new things can be uncomfortable, even terrifying. Especially when trying those things can happen in front of the whole wide world, like sharing a personal poem online! 😱 Sharing poetry, stories, and other writing online takes courage. I address that fear in my motivational video message, "Don't Let Fear Silence Your Writing Voice" (below). …

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“We Deserve to Dream” (dance inspiration)

It is a writer’s nature to think. They can create and save worlds with their thinking. Sometimes writers must save themselves from thinking it over and under and every other way their mind can bend. A story with no end. Always playing a game of mental ping-pong – bounce smack, bounce smack. The game goes …

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Rise Lady, Rise (audio)

Rise Lady, Rise! It is your time to color the land, littered with scars and stains created by careless hands; some too harsh and cruel, to hold the beauty that bursts from you. Crush you, some might try, with a palm, a bulldozer, or a bomb, but you will rise again, for you are strength, …

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Complimentary Follow-Up

A time to slow down, read, quietly celebrate, and connect with family and friends, this holiday season has been. Like most people, I also spent time in reflection as we approached the year's end. Reflection is an important part of my life and a core part of my personality, which may be true for most …

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The Things They Carried (a reading)

A young man marching carrying what is unseen fighting his own war Several years ago, one of my students visited me after school to talk about issues he was dealing with. Not criminal in nature but serious struggles that would challenge even the strongest adult. We talked for a while and I offered him resources …

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on Wet Concrete, don’t Step

Skin sweating she watched the tumbling and spinning stones, rocks, and cement lifting and crashing thunderous mixing Water spraying she watched the gray sludge become a substance strong enough to bind buildings callous enough to bury history, secrets, seeds, and bones Solid trapping heat and feet too slow to move when the giant mixer began …

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Speak Directly, Please and Thank you

Directly speaking, I have great respect for those who can be direct. It elevates communication and is an admirable gift to mankind, when one can speak their mind and state their truths while holding emotions in check. Friendly exchanges, chit chat, laughter, and play have their place, but if one needs to deliver an important …

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A Note to Nina and Betty

Why it took me searching for a protest song over eight years ago to find you, Nina Simone, I will never know. Of course, I know the answer to my rhetorical question. Your absence from musical rotations and from historical discussions (and from acceptance into the Institute of Music in Philadelphia in the 1950s) is …

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