Top 5 Reasons Why I Prefer an Anti-racist ACCOMPLICE to an “Ally.”

In this podcast I breakdown why anti-racist ACCOMPLICE is preferable to "ally."  I would love to hear your feedback!



Paulo Friere wrote, “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” This workbook was created to address the myth of the neutral classroom and was designed for first year writing teachers at the University of Alabama.  I delivered the content as a daylong workshop.  It includes, reading, links, printables, activities, and a resource page. Click the image below to purchase a digital copy and have it delivered right to your device!



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The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #13: The Kids Are Alright!

In this episode I prove that poetry works with seasoned adults, college aged readers and writers, and high school "novices." I travel from Illinois's capitol, where I read for the state legislators, and the Illinois Humanities administration, to McKendree University,  and I end with the brilliant young scholars in East St. Louis Senior high school's poetry club.  And guess who really blew my mind? Psych! You'll have to watch and see!



Is there Such a Thing as a Poor White Progressive?

“We po’.” Almost everyday, my grandmother would say this simple sentence. The missing verb served to make it more immediate, like a simple equation. “We po’.” We equaled poor. Sometimes she said it in response to the evening news when groups of white men argued in Washington, DC about laws …

Representation Matters

I threw the bodiless blonde in the trunk of the car, hoping I’d disposed of it in such a way as to not draw attention to her abrupt disappearance. This was late night espionage. I drove around for days like this. I imagined her painted smile, and her pastel blue …

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #11: Black Books, Black Children, & Black Love

7 April 2016 EYESEEME Blackwood Scholars_THUMBNAIL

This episode of The Feminine Pronoun youtube blog series finds me sharing the power and resonance of Fannie Lou Hamer with a population she loved -- children. The EYESEEME bookstore (the only black children's bookstore in St. Louis) provided a welcoming space for the inquisitive crew and their mentors.

The FEMININE PRONOUN Youtube Vlog #10: Black Poetry & Black Church

In this week's episode of the Feminine Pronoun series, your intrepid poet (me:) signs books at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church. I sold and signed copies of my book, *chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hammer*. It's being carried in their book store, the LIFE CHANGER book store. You get a glimpse of the rocking church choir and the very supportive literature loving members.