Innocence and Experience

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Chicago, IL

Growing up in the city of Chicago, I have experienced my share of sorrow, pain, loss and mental anguish as a result of it all, this compounded with the daily stresses of working, being a student, and just living had me in a place mentally, that I did not want to be in. When surrounded by depressing situations, and daily life struggles what does one do? How do you cope? Where does the healing process begin? For me, I released my fists of anger, and turned to writing. Words became my therapy, pen and paper my sanctuary. From every situation that I needed to deal with, to heal from, a poem was birthed.

  1. What authors are you inspired by?

~ Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni and Amiri Baraka,

  1. When did you start writing?

~ About 9

  1. What are your favorite books? Why do you like them?

~The Bluest Eye, Coldest Winter Ever, Nervous, Addicted, Harlem Girl Lost, WICKED, The Invisible Man, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and many more. I just feel connected to them, like they are telling me things about myself I would have never known if I didn’t open that particular book and turn those particular pages.

  1. What inspired this book?

~The desire and conviction to be a PUBLISHED poet and author

  1. How old are you?

~ 27 years old

  1. Do you have a pen name?

~ No, not yet. I am OPEN to your ideas. Please comment any potential pen names that you have for me.

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