CD62 - Badass Black Girl Book Excerpt and Poetry by MJ Fievre

Hello friends,

We are thrilled to present the work of MJ Fievre!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre moved to the United States in 2002. She currently writes from Winter Garden, FL.

M.J.’s publishing career began as a teenager in Haiti. At nineteen years-old, she signed her first book contract with Hachette-Deschamps, in Haiti, for the publication of a Young Adult book titled La Statuette Maléfique. Since then, M.J. has authored nine books in French that are widely read in Europe and the French Antilles. In 2013, One Moore Book released M.J.’s first children’s book, I Am Riding, written in three languages: English, French, and Haitian Creole. In 2015, Beating Windward Press published M.J.’s memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, about her childhood in Haiti during the brutal regime of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

M.J. Fievre is the author of the Badass Black Girl series. She helps others write their way through trauma, build community and create social change. She works with veterans, disenfranchised youth, cancer patients and survivors, victims of domestic and sexual violence, minorities, the elderly, those with chronic illness or going through transition and any underserved population in need of writing as a form of therapy—even if they don’t realize that they need writing or therapy.

A long-time educator and frequent keynote speaker (Tufts University, Massachusetts; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; the University of Miami, Florida; and Michael College, Vermont; and a panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, AWP), M.J. is available for book club meetings, podcast presentations, interviews and other author events.

SUPPORT THE AUTHOR HERE: Check out her books and additional content at: https://www.badassblackgirl.com/ Badass Black Girl: https://mango.bz/books/badass-black-girl-by-mj-fievre-799-b Empowered Black Girl: https://mango.bz/books/empowered-black-girl-by-mj-fievre-1600-b Pre-order MJ's upcoming book, Resilient Black Girl: https://mango.bz/books/resilient-black-girl-by-mj-fievre-1873-b

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CD61 - I Regret to Inform You by Lee Anderson

Hello all!

On this special episode of Creative Drive we are thrilled to bring you a short piece by Lee Anderson!

Warning: This tale features violence and language.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee has written short stories and essays for a multitude of small and large press publications, including "Fiction International" and "The Miami Herald." He also wrote and staged two one-act plays in New York City, "Supper's Ready" and "Little America." He's the author of the shocking horror novel "What Happened at Sisters Creek" and the critically-acclaimed short story collection "Dark Lords of the Trailer Park. Lee lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and calico.

SUPPORT THE AUTHOR HERE: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lee.anderson.writes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleeanderson Website: https://www.palmcirclepress.net

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CD60 - Luck of The Anger by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen

Hi there,

This week, we bring you the first of several special episodes in the coming days to showcase the single pieces we have received recently: Today we feature the work of G.X. Jupitter-Larsen. Additional details on the writer coming soon!

Read and Produced by J. Alejandro

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CD59 - 3 Poems by NM Senator/Poet Bill O'Neill (selected from The Definition of Empty)

Hello all!

Today we are thrilled to present selections from The Definition of Empty, by New Mexico Senator and poet Bill O'Neill!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bill O’Neill grew up in rural Ohio and graduated from Cornell University. Elected to the New Mexico Legislature in 2008 he is now in his second term in the New Mexico State Senate. His poems have appeared in numerous literary reviews, both regional and national. Bill’s career has been framed by his work with nonprofits, with a focus on incarcerated juveniles and adults. In 2005 Governor Bill Richardson appointed him Executive Director of the NM Juvenile Parole Board. Named an Emerging Leader in 2016 by the University Of Virginia’s Darden School, he credits his early literary inspiration to mentors E.L. Doctorow and V.B. Price. You can learn more about Senator O'Neill at this website here (https://billoneill.org)

The Definition of Empty (A Poetry Collection) The Definition of Empty is the story of a dedicated advocate trying to help adolescents facing incarceration and newly released parolees navigate imperfect and seemingly indifferent legal systems and societies. Told from the point of view of a public servant trying his best to work with people at various levels of brokenness, these poems are compassionate, heartbreaking, and even sometimes brutal while the voice is gentle, outraged, and naïve in turns. With this collection O’Neill insists that readers bear witness to the struggles of disenfranchised people they might otherwise ignore.

Purchase The Definition of Empty here (https://unmpress.com/books/definition-empty/9780826362230).

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CD58 - 3 Poems by Steven Rossi

Hey all, here we go!

Today we are thrilled to bring you three poems by Steven Rossi!

1. A Look Into Us 2. Collections 3. Directions When The Path Ahead Berates You

A FEW WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR:

I could have never, in a million years, imagined I would have become a writer. In fact, I studied business in college and currently work in the federal consulting space. I came into writing after taking one (yep - just one) creative writing class my sophomore year of college. I originally came into writing during a dark time in my life when I was using journaling as a way to better understand the constant stream of thoughts flowing through my mind. As I continued to write, I realized what a power I felt in being able to not only shape the flow of my thoughts, but also see the concepts I had written about take shape in my day-to-day. As a spiritual person, much of my work revolves around exploring philosophical and spiritual (and often religious) concepts. Much of my poetry explores and blurs the border between mundane and transcendental, and is often shaped by the fact I am a practicing Buddhist. - Steven Rossi

Thanks so much for trusting us with your work, Steven!

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