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! 

BLACK to the Future, Past and Present: Exploring Time in Black Literature

I'm so excited about this event!!

Time has been on my mind lately  I've been reading a lot of Octavia Butler and her thoughts on the future. I'm knocking on 40 (OMG!), the same age of Stella in Terry McMillian's novel went to Jamaica and met Winston. I'm also exploring works by James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Eartha Kitt, Zora Neal Hurston--late writers from the past informing our present. I thought this would be a good idea for a reading!

I brought in the heavy hitters. Local Black writers from the Bay who use time in powerful ways.

Audrey T. Williams has the gift of Afrofuturism. I think that's important because we're living in an time of such extreme racial hatred that there are people who don't want Black people here in the future. Nor they do want recognize our contributions to the past.  James Cagney upcoming book is Black Steel Magnolias. James' poetry is beautifully and painfully brilliant. He starts his piece in one place and before you know, you're in a completely different mental space and the present feels different. Tongo Eisen-Martin's poetry reminds me of watching Spiderman swing from building to building. Tong starts in heaven, then down to the liquor store, swings through a mansion that you discover is really a prison, which is really hell and he connects all of that through how history informs the present, which informs the future, etc. As for me I'm a journalist so I write about what's happening today. 

Below are the details. Please come join us. It is free and it will be mind-blowing. 

Friday,  June 22nd
Books Inc. in Alameda, CA
1344 Park St.
Alameda, CA


James Cagney, author of Black Steel Magnolias
Jenee Darden, journalist and founder of
Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven is All Goodbyes 
Audrey T. Williams, author Of Chutneys and Chitlins: Poems & Stories from a Multi-racial American Girl