Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Play's Show Dates Announced!

The dates and location for my play Running: AMOK's run in the Capital Fringe Fest this summer have been released!
Venue: The Apothecary
Venue Address: 1013 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday July 9 @ 10pm
Sunday July 11 @ 1:15pm
Thursday July 15 @ 7:30pm
Saturday July 17 @ 11am
Tuesday July 20 @ 10pm

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rehearsals for Running:AMOK Have Been Awesome

So, my play "Running: AMOK" is becoming a living and breathing artistic creation. I had a rehearsal with the cast this past Saturday and the growth I've seen already in the character development is amazing. Lyn Artope, the actress who plays one of the supporting roles has totally shocked me moreso than anyone else because she is not a performer at all. While most of the actresses in the play are singers and/or actresses, Lyn is a human resources professional, mother of two and wife who tried out for the part on a whim. She is already off book and is amazing.

All of the actresses are awesome. I feel so lucky to have them as part of this cast. We took some photos after rehearsal so I can begin putting together our media kit. Here are some of the shots I may work with.

My daughter is excited about the play and looks forward to the ladies coming to our house to rehearse. One of the actresses usually brings her daughter who is around the same age as my little one, so they usually head off to get into mischief when we're rehearsing.The play, which is about three 21st women who are faced with the challenge of motherhood, is mirrored in the lives of me and the other women in the play who are mamas. I can't wait till we debut. I've been trying to connect with online spaces for mom to promote the play because I think this play's universal themes will resonate. You can check the play out at

Running: AMOK is debuting this summer in the 5th Anniversary of the Capital Fringe Fest.

Photos from My Last Writing Workshop and Booksigning

On April 17, I facilitated a writing workshop for GED students at Southeast Ministry in Washington, DC. Loved it. I introduced the students to poetry interpretation using Robert Frost's popular poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" before leading them into a series of writing exercises, stressing the importance of showing instead of telling when writing. I had a ball and really connected with the group. (In photos above are the students that I worked with. The last photo is of me with three of the ladies in the class. Two of them were part of the group I worked with last summer.)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Best Week Ever

This past week was one of my best weeks ever creativity-wise. Ever. I worked with the kids at the elementary I've been working at this past week continuing the arts literacy series I'm facilitating on music, did a booksigning and writing workshop for students at Southeast Ministry and attended the 2010 Reader's With Attitude Author's Pavillion in Richmond, VA. At the Author's Pavillion, I hosted the Author's Speak at the Authors Pavillion and was so thrilled to so see many of the members of my online network Some of them, I met for the first time in person! Here are some of the photos from this past week.

 (In photo: My 6 year-old took this photo of me with the ladies of the RWA Book Club, the group that put together the Author's Pavillion on Saturday where I hosted the Author's Speak.)

 (In photo: My honey took this photo of me with R.J. Johnson, Mahoganee and Serena Wills, three members from my network and an author, singer and poet respectively)
 (In photo: We were selling our book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul and soliciting vendors for the upcoming Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest)

(In Photo: This is me with the author F. Almond and his book Scarred for Life. He shared info about his book at the Author's Speak and was among the best presenters. His book is about his life, and how he forgave the burgular who killed his mother and stabbed him 39 times when he was 11 years-old. What an incredible story. )

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Upcoming Events Will Be Fun

So, I'm excited about some upcoming events on my calendar. I will be back at Southeast Ministry on April 16 doing a writing playcation next weej and signing copies of Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul which is still on sale. I also will be attending the Readers with Attitude (RWA) Author's Pavillion which is on April 17 in Richmond, VA. RWA is a popular book club that is hosting this event for the first time in a mall in Richmond with a partnership with Barnes and Nobles. How awesome is that-- readers producing events to support the books they like? I think its awesome. I will be hosting their Author Speak segment where authors throughout the day will be able to do little blurbs of their books and mini-readings. I will be selling copies of Liberated Muse Volume I :How I Freed My Soul and one of the contributors, to the anthology, Serena Wills, will be on hand selling her work and reading her piece from the anthology.

The anthology features writings by Farah Lawal, Serena Wills, Margaux Dellote-Bennett, Randy Gross, Amy Blondell, Omar Akbar, Tichaona Munhamo Chinyelu, Anthony Spires and more. Cover art by Sharon Burton and internal art by famed artist Turtel Onli and others. Check out the video for the book we produced right before it was released last June. The music is produced by MYST Media Solutions, LLC ( and I had my fun doing the narrative.


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