My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Danielle Belton of BlackSnob.com on Mental Health, African Americans and Living with Bipolar Disorder

Danielle Belton
Photo from BP Magazine
One of the many things I do at my day job and love is hosting a podcast about mental health. And one of my favorite interviews is with journalist and blogger Danielle Belton of BlackSnob.com. Last summer she wrote an article for BP magazine about coming to terms with her bipolar diagnosis. Danielle was my second guest. I had a lot of fun with that interview. I know the words "fun" and "bipolar" don't seem to fit together, but mental health affects many people. Yet it's so stigmatized. And one of the goals of my show and the org I work for, is to show people that you can have quality of life with a mental health challenge.  So yes, we had a fun interview but it was very enlightening as well. Click here to listen.  Learn something and enjoy!

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