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! 

Cocoa Fly is Getting LIT at SF Litcrawl 2018

Last year we shook things up. This Saturday we're going to be LIT and bring the fire. And good news... we're in a larger venue!

Cocoa Fly presents Let Her Tell It!, a real and raw literary hour with Black women writers at Litquake's Lit Crawl in San Francisco.

Saturday, Oct 20th, 5pm
2169 Mission St.
San Francisco

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” In a world where Black women’s voices are often silenced or ignored, we are women who are releasing that burden and telling our stories.

Let Her Tell It! is an intersectional reading with a diverse group of Black women writers. We have tasted the sweet and the sour. We’re girls from the hood and Black women of the ‘burbs. We’ve loved men and women. We are dark, fair and somewhere in between. We’ve been through the fire, but emerged as phoenixes. Through our favorite literary genres, the writers of Let Her Tell It! are excited to share our experiences and outlook of the world as Black women. There’s so much to being a Black woman, especially in today’s society. And we are not only ready to tell it, but we hope our stories encourage others with a story buried inside.

Featuring writers: founder Jenee Darden, Natalie Devora, Lyndsey Ellis, Kelechi Ubozoh and Yodassa Williams.

For more info visit or email me