Artist, Poet, Fiction Writer
The desire to be a writer begins at about five years of age. I grew up in northern
Alabama, my father was a sharecropper who farmed and my mother worked in the local cotton mill. My caretakers were my Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman I only knew as Aunt Francis, both great storytellers. Instead of playing like most children, I sat at the feet of these elderly strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers’, I would be taken to my fathers’ sister, in Birmingham; it was she who introduced me to a library, and to her circle of friends that included local writers, artist and politicians. She encouraged my imagination with the gift of my first journal, which I filled with stories. Nonetheless, with adulthood I became a closet writer with my desires to create remaining clandestine until only the past few years when I begin to pursue writing short stories and poetry.
My greatest influence in creating a short story or a poem is the determination to validate and keep alive those many people who gave me their stories for safekeeping and the promise too, “always remember”. Many writers and poets have influenced my growth toward trying to become a writer through their lives, and their work. Faulkner, Capote,
Fitzgerald and Harper Lee. Later in life, I discovered the warm and comic Grace Paley; I will forever treasure an autographed copy of “Grace Paley – The Collected Stories”; the vivid poetry of William Carlos Williams; the strong poetry of Phyllis McGinley,
and the world’s most exciting women, Maya Angelou.
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Have a creative day,
Imprisoned deep within the soul are
emotions created where both fear and
truths are stored; it is there that we find
ourselves caged behind invisible doors.
Filtering through the layers of one’s mind
daily is the only way; it may stop the
possibility of getting lost in the fog of our
Clear the mind and soul of clutter, congestion
and conflict; free it from these windowless
rooms, keeping such thoughts will create an
existence into which you would surely be
Knowing self-value is the first step for the soul
to hear freedoms call; living in the “now” is the
only way to tear down internal prison walls.
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