I am a poetess/author, songwriter/vocalist. I started writing poetry in the 7th grade as an outlet in understanding myself and the world around me, which was not always easy to verbally express. Over the years I've had my poetry included in anthologies and also, turned into somgs. In July of 2010, I had my first poetry book published "Through The Storms (Poetry and Inspirational Writings)" by Kelli Garden.Which can be purchased at www.kelligarden.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. I've been a featured poet in Writer's Point of View Magazine and I'm in the process of being featured in two more. I've been a guest poet on Blogtalk Radio as well as Talkshoe Radio. I'm currently working on a CD, which will be a mix of songs written and spoken word with music. I have several other ventures that are in the workings as well. I can be found on Facebook as Kelli Garden. Twitter as Songbirdg.
WHY I WROTE:
With my poetry, I hope to encourage,bring healing and hope to others. Being featured in the anthology is another opportunity to help others and also allow my voice to be heard and the gift of poetry to be kept alive.
Chamani is a young bright young girl, who has a big heart. She enjoys singing, taking pictures, cooking and playing with her younger siblings. She is the middle child with 3 older siblings and 2 younger, between both her father and her mother. She resides currently in Virginia with her mother, step-father and younger brother.
Although Chamani has witnessed lots of arguing and some fighting between adults growing up, her worst nightmare happened when she was 8 years old, on Mother’s Day. It was a day that changed her forever.
With big dreams of being a model, actress, singer, cook and author, Chamani is on her way to fulfilling her Big dreams. She fully intends to let noting stop her from seeing her name in lights one day.
WHY I WROTE:
I wrote to this book, because I wanted other young kids that have gone through what I have to know that they are not alone. I want them to know it’s ok to tell and not to be scared. I hope to write a book and be able to fully share my story and give hope and strength to others.
Karen (Smith) Stackfield (1964) grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her book reflects the joys and pains she experienced while growing up in South Central. The loss of her father at the tender age of 10, a mother unable to deal with reality, and two older siblings taken away from the family, left her with the responsibility of taking care of her younger siblings. Struggling to provide for the family, Karen took on babysitting jobs, ran errands for neighbors, and sometimes even shoplifted to make ends meet. On occasion, she and her younger sibling were forced to eat from the back of grocery stores to survive. When she got older, Karen worked at the corner market.
All children have a strong desire to be loved, and Karen was no exception. However, her inexperience caused her to look for love in the wrong direction. As a result her life experiences included drugs, sex, rape, heart break, and loss of friendships. She always believed in God, so no matter what happened, she would pray to God saying, "Haven’t I been through enough. Can I get to know you now?" Much to her delight, she learned of a loving Creator who, through his Word the Bible, taught her to value herself and others, and how to love and even forgive those who had come in her path to this point.
In Karen's own words, "I want to be the friend you think of when you feel hurt or happy, or you just want to talk about your day. I strive to be more loving, more understanding, to bridge the gap between you and your next goal. I love to help when I can, because there was a time in my life when everyone took from me and gave me no positive direction. I believe that if I had just one person to show me some positive direction I would have taken a different path. Today, I strive to be that person. “Karen is now a wife of 26 years and the mother of two beautiful children.
WHY I WROTE:The reason I'm participating is this anthology is because I'm a survivor of date rape, heart break, mental emotional abuse and physical abuse. Domestic Violence affects not only the person involved but the entire family.If one person finds the courage to walk into a life free from abuse I'm honored to share my story.
Robert is an award-winning Christian poet, author, motivational speaker and spoken word artist. He has a strong psalmist anointing on his life. Robert has released his debut Christian Spoken Word CD, "The Heart of a Man", which is now available for purchase. Some of his work has been featured in the motion picture “Battered Clergy: From Victim to Victor”. Robert's first book, “Words of Inspiration: A Collection of Poems for the One You Love”, released in 2006, was selected as the WeAreFearless Online Book Club's "Pick of the Month for July 2007. His second book, "Words of Inspiration: Speak Healing," was released in 2008. Robert and his wife, Marlas, are the co-founders of Words of Inspiration Ministries. Robert currently serves as the Creative Arts & Poetry Editor for Divine Inspirations Magazine and has ministered at several women, men, and youth conferences. He was featured on “The John Lanier Show”, a syndicated Christian talk show as well as the “I’m Just Sayin” Christian talk show on TCT Network with host Pastor Dan Willis. Robert has been featured on the "Poetry Over Music" compilation CD series and "Blessed of the Midwest Mix Tape - Volume 1" CD compilation.
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Kay Shabazz specializes in marketing and public relations. A Westerville native, Kay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Communications from The Ohio State University.. She Manages Event Planning and Membership Support with TechColumbus where she focuses on membership retention, connecting businesses within the community and planning over 120 professional development and networking events during the year. A published author of the book HOLDING ON TO SOMEWHERE; Kay enjoys speaking to community audiences on the subject of family stability and domestic violence. Before joining TechColumbus, Kay had a successful career as Marketing Director for The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex.
WHY I WROTE:
Saving Lives Through Lit is an innovative approach to shed light on the many lives that are being torn apart and affected by domestic violence. I want my work to be a catalyst to helping eliminate domestic violence and the tolerance of it in our communities. I want to be part of the social change, in donating my time, talent & resources to support this program.
A little about myself. My name is Danielle Taylor, I'm a married to a wonderful man, Rodney Taylor and am the mother of 3 teenage children, sister, friend and the Editor of So Fyh Magazine Online. I'm also an aspiring author.
Born & raised in San Antonio, Texas Antoinette Lakey desired to enter the world of nursing. Through her struggles with childhood abuse she needed to find a way to escape the demons that plagued her life. At the early age of 11 her outlet was simply writing down her thoughts and that is what saved her life. Growing up she believed that abuse was normal and there was no safety net. She was “discovered” by her high school English teacher and was told “Write baby girl, it will make you whole.” Writing is what she did. Nursing & Social services were her passion and she learned to take her demons of sexual, physical & verbal abuse and use them in a positive manner instead of a crutch. She utilized her love for writing and taking care of others and encompassed it all in the social services field.
Ms. Lakey was first published last summer in the Delphine Publications Anthology, “Between the Sheets”, as well as an up and coming columnist with AAMBC. She is presently inking her way into Naughty Ink Press’ Anthology,”Untapped:Collection of Erotic Firsts” to be released in the Fall. Ms. Lakey is known in the world of Erotica as “JusMe”, she is presently is penning her first novel which deals with domestic abuse.
Ms. Lakey, is the mother of two, grandmother of one. She presently works in the Social Services field and finds that the best ways to reach those that many believe are unreachable.
WHY I WROTE
After many years of physical & mental abuse, on May 31,2001, my Aunt Juanita Reid broke. Her estranged husband of 20+ years arrived to their home and announced that he was in love with someone else and wanted a divorce. Aunt Nita murdered him, her 11 year old daughter and after a 14 hour standoff killed herself. Her sole sibling Deborah believes that the idea that he would treat her the way he did and then leave her was unbearable. She took her daughter with her to avoid undue burden on remaining family members. As a survivor of physical, sexual & mental abuse, Antoinette believes that it is imperative for others to know that the words sting and leave scars that are far worse than the physical. They go away, the emotional is there forever.
Terrell K. Mercer would tell you there is nothing much to him other than he is just here. A closer look would let you know otherwise. He has been given many titles by others yet they all pale in comparison to servant. Serving God in serving his fellow man is his driving force and passion. He shares his highs as well as his lows in life just to help his fellow man overcome. If he knows it can be a help or blessing to another he will pour it out to be read or heard.
“Life, Hymns & Love Notes, “published by Revolutionary Disciples, is his first published work but don’t let the title think it’s just for the “churched.” Applying the principle of, “being in the world but not of the world,” Terrell poetically addresses various issues concerning both the physical & spiritual being of his fellow man. Along with his CD, “The Audible Experience,” Terrell is seeking to stimulate & educate the mind of his fellow man. With his message of, “Don’t just speak on life but speak TO life,” he comes with a message to challenge his fellow man to aspire to greater things in life.
WHY I WROTE:
As a male I feel not just my voice but the voice of many males need to be heard & expressed in this matter that has gripped our society for far too long. We have been silent too long on a "plague" in which we, men, are a majority perpetrator & minority victim. It is a must I do my part to help end this vicious cycle of abuse any way, shape or form that I can. I have been blessed with a gift to inspire through words & I will push it to it's fullest potential to reach whom it needs to reach.