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! 

Hope During The Blues:
My Talk on Women and Depression at SHERO

On Saturday, November 10th I will be speaking at the nonprofit SHERO's 5th annual daylong conference on HIV Awareness and sexual empowerment. SHERO stands for Sexual Health Education Resources and Outreach. The conference begins at 10am in Oakland. It's organized by my soror and sex educator   I attended this event a few years ago and it was unforgettable. It's very progressive with a lot of discussion. I learned a lot. SHERO's symposium is not for the conservative. SHERO CEO Nichole Little keeps it real when it comes to sex. And there are some one-of-a-kind presenters. If I recall correctly, last time I attended, there was a presentation on some kind of heart and vaginal meditation. Very interesting. I was relaxed, not necessarily in the targeted lower area, LOL, but  I enjoyed it.  There will be talks on the latest news about HIV/AIDS research, how to protect yourself, sex toys and even polyamory. Not my thing, but I'll definitely listen to that presentation.  I enjoyed the conference when I went two years ago. This year, I'll be presenting on an issue related to the biggest sex organ--our brains. I'll actually be talking about women, depression and my own experiences with mental health issues. But this talk won't be a downer. The point is to explain that people can and do recover from depression.

The event is FREE. Hope to see you there!

Oak Center Cultural Center
 1243 Adeline Street
 Oakland, CA

For more info contact Nichole Little at