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AKAGINA
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Female
73 years old
About Me

Author, publisher, and retired educator, Regina Long Southall, is a freelace writer and poet. writing expertise dates back as far as high school. This skill was further mastered after she became a teacher. Having served as grade chairman for many tears, writing abilities were extensive. Regina always had a passion for writing poetry about everyday life experiences.

Regina has written more than 100 poems, including The Neighbors We Should Be, Another Day, The Effects of Hurricane Katrinaon Our Naton, God is Getting Our Attention, Anchorman Peter Jennings, My Three Best Friends, Thank You Rev. Dr. Kenneth Eugene Lillard, My First Teacher, My Favorite Pharmacist 2010, Farewell Kappa Sweetheart Melvin Twitty, and The Presidential Election of History.

 

As an author, Regina has also written a professional book entitled 'Teaching In Elementary Schools: The Real Deal'. Her poems and educational resource allow the reader to become involved in situations they have encountered at some point in life.

Regina was featured in the January 1977 magazine, Early Years For Teachers Through Grade Three. This experience explained her expertise in  reinforcing math skills for second grade students who were having problems.

Her local newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot, featured her in two of its city circulars in 2007 entitled The Currents and The Clipper. These articles made reference to what led her to become an author causing her to publish 'Poetry from the Heart' in October, 2006.The local newspaper coverage in February and March of 2007 led to her being featured in the 2007 May/June issue of Tidewater Teacher, A Magazine for Teachers Across Hampton Roads. The Article entitled 'Moving On' made reference to Regina being the retiring elementary teacher who was now moving on to further pursue her passion for writing. Regina is now the author of three books. Her third book, 'Coffee Table Poetry: Experiencing the Power of Poetic Literature" was published February 29, 2012.

Regina received the Apple For The Teacher Award in 1996 sponsored by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. In 2000 a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of dedicated services rendered in the field of education was presented to her by Delicados, Inc. Portsmouth Chapter at their 8th Black Educators' Awards Dinner. Elizabeth City State University School of Education and Psychology held its International American Education Assembly on Thursday,  November 18, 2010. The national theme was "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility" and "To Boldly Go: Charting Our Common Future through International Education". Regina was one of six authors recognized, representing the Portsmouth City Public Schools retired teacher/author. The other five honorees were all ECSU professors.

On June 24, 2012, Regina was one of fourteen recognized by the Area II NAACP ACT-SO Coalition at their "Tribute To Excellence Awards Celebration". She was recognized for the categories poetry/education. 

Regina was recently honored as a Black Author of the Month by UBAWA for the month of December, 2012. UBAWA Publications was founded in 2011 by Danielle Leach who features an online network of authors across the country. UBAWA stands for Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America. She was also recently the winner of We Read Literary Services "What Christmas Means To Me"2012 Contest. She will receive one custom designed bookcover.

Regina is a Silver Star and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and now resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband, Alton. They are the parents of one son, Jason and one daughter, Andrea.        

        


What's the last book you've read?

Homecoming Weekend by Curtis Bunn

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is 'Teaching In Elementary Schools:The Real Deal'  because this book reveals my journey from childhood to teachingand then  to becoming an author. It gives an accurtae account of what led me to become a teacher, the ins and outs I encountered while teaching, and how I was able to reach my goal to become an author.  


KDW
Member
Female
About Me

Hello. I am the Author of an Educational Children's Book, entitiled "Poetry Is Not Just Rhyming." I reside in Atlanta, Ga. I love history, traveling, and reading.


What's the last book you've read?

Rich Dad Poor Dad

What's your favorite book and why?

I have so many favorite books, but I am very partial to Danielle Steele books. I love how I can always imagine myself as one of the characters in her stories.


daydanette_1
Member
Female
33 years old

Shuwanna White
Member
Female
About Me

Shuwanna White was born in Somerville TN to her parents and grew up in Oakland TN.She is the first child to graduate from college on her mother's side of the family. Her major was X-Ray Technician. Currently, Shuwanna works in the school system. She resides in Somerville TN with her two sons. In her spare time, she volunteers at the alternative school helping other kids. She is also a community youth advisor. The Strength From Within is her first non-fiction book.


What's the last book you've read?

Bible

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book to read is the Bible. Without God holy word I would be lost. His word is map that I use to help me from day to day.


Imani Wisdom
Member
Female
About Me

In 1989, after graduating from Northwest High School in Indianapolis, Imani worked several factory jobs before she dedicated her life to care for her mother, grandparents, and aunt. She stood by their side for fourteen years; including being a single parent to three (two boys and a girl).

 

After Imani's sister resumed the role as primary caregiver for their mother, Imani enrolled at a local community college to major in Paralegal Studies. It was then, the four-time Dean's List student discovered her passion of writing. She wrote essays, short stories, and poetries, and a few were published in the college paper and a local magazine.

 

While being a Caregiver, Imani suffered the darkness of depression. She described her emotions in a 2010 poem, Trapped With My Eyes Wide Open she wrote:

 

Sadness is not defined by my blank stare

or the tears streaming down my face

staining my curly black hair

or the anxiety I feel in my heart

numbing paralysis

feeling like my soul is drifting apart

 

"Breaking free from the darkness hasn't been easy, but there's no choice," She said, "It's either wail in my depression or do something about it".

 

At 41 years old, she knows breaking into the literary world will have its obstacles, however, she takes heart to one of her favorite quotes:

 

I can accept failure, everyone fails at so


What's the last book you've read?

An Angry Ass Black Woman - Karen E. Quinones Miller

What's your favorite book and why?

The Color Purple because I liked how the character, Celie, evolve through the storyline. She went from a timid young girl, to a strong woman with a backbone. 


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About Me

Gloria J. Lathen started writing poetry in 2000 and became a published author in 2009.

 

She has recited her poetry in churches, cafes, funerals, weddings, and she has written poetry for newsletters.

 

In 2009 Gloria penned her first book, E.M.O.T.I.O.N.S. Everyone May Overcome Trials Inform Others Needing Salvation, "A Woman of Wisdom Poetry Collection", which was birthed from the pain that Gloria endured from a young, tender age.

 

In January 2010 Gloria took 3rd place in the Steamy Trails Poetry Contest; the poem she wrote was entitled “The Fragrance & Beauty of Love”.

 

Gloria Lathen was a part of the Poetic Lounge book project in 2011. Her poetry can be found in this awesome anthology amongst other talented writers.

 

In 2011 Gloria published another poetry book called "Your Purpose Is Greater Than Your Pain" which consists of 100 poems and 100 Words of Wisdom.

 

At the same time she published a 107 Motivational and Inspirational quote book.

 

Gloria's most recent contribution was in 2012 in the Writer's Unite book. She contributed her poetry here amongst other writer's to help young up and coming writer's become authors. The proceeds from this book are going to this great cause.

 

Gloria Lathen's most recent published work is A Living Testimony Book "My Story" Real-Life Stories of Individual Whose Lives Been Transformed from Tragedy to Triumph.

 

In this book Gloria and 7 writers have taken off their masks and revealed some tragic moments, that will have you crying while reading their stories and then crying while rejoicing in their triumphs.

 

Gloria has also penned something for the Queens and it's her Queenology 101 "The Different Faces of a Queen" This book was created to raise awareness to each Queens worth.

 

The purpose of her books are to encourage others to PUSH PASS THEIR PAIN & PROCEED with the PROCESS to PRAY, PLAN, PREPARE & PURSUE the calling in which God has gifted you.

 

Gloria is a S.W.A.P. S.W.A.P. SISTER WITH A PLAN she comes to enrich, encourage & empower others. She speak about molestation, rape & abuse with others who have been victimized. Just like a closed mouth can't get fed, well a closed mouth can't help those who want it & need it. I'm not a counselor or therapist. I'm just a victim who's healed & forgave.

 

What make her poetry unique are the heartfelt experiences of real life she places into each of her written poetic expressions. Gloria states: "Let nothing or no one stop you from reaching your highest level of potential."

 


What's the last book you've read?

A Living Testimony "My Story"

What's your favorite book and why?

All of my books, lol because I wrote them. Seriously I'm in 'school at the moment which makes it hard for me to pick up someones else's book and read. But I enjoy reasing Motivating & Inspirational books. 


Charlotte Marshall-Templeman
Member
Female
54 years old

Mr. David Butler II
Member
Male
About Me

David Butler is a Licensed, Certified ABOC Optician who resides in Dallas, Texas. He found his passion for writing by writing letters during a very acrimonious period during a relationship. From that experience it taught him to appreciate love and grow not only as a man but as servant of GOD as well.

David Butler's intention is: don't be afraid of Letting Out Vulnerable Emotions (LOVE) to billions.

He began his journey with his first novel: Playa: A Love Story, read by many people across the planet. Now with Why Do Men Love Their Cars and Drive The HELL Out of Their Women? David Butler II continues his ardent passion on life's greatest enigma: Love. He resides in Dallas, Texas, and is currently at work on his third book.


What's the last book you've read?

The Art of War

What's your favorite book and why?

 "The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene. A book that deals with people, situations, actions and reactions to anyone and anything in life that you may come up against.


MrsGaGirl34
Member
Female

Valorie Rice
Member
Female
63 years old

tamluvstowrite
Member
Female
48 years old
About Me

Tamyara Brown has been writing since she was eleven-year old and has been her source of therapy. She is a mother of six beautiful children and two grandchildren. Tamyara admits her journey has not always been easy. Life has dished out more than its share of pain and hurt she has has survived everything from homelessness to being a breast Cancer Survivor. One day it was her fiancé Lloyd and her children who said she needed to share her writing with the world. She took their advice and began sharing her work on Facebook and Writer’s café.

She attended Long Island University and worked as a Customer Service for several years. She decided to take a leave of absence and care for her son who is diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. It was then she wrote her debut novel Fat Girl Vigilante which will be released and Blue’s Treasure both

In addition she has her very own Blog “TAMLUVSTOWRITE” which focuses on a journey of sharing stories of love, life, the good and the bad. Sharing hope and inspiration that life will and can get better. She hopes by using her personal stories and poems that she can reach out to those thinking there is no sun in those dark clouds. She also has an erotica Blog titled “Butterfly Chronicles”. The Blog that dares to tell stories of sensual, sexy and beautiful women who are plus size and the men who desire them and love them, she took an interest being that she is a plus size woman she wanted to tell that not every man wants a size six. She has a short story and a poem that has been published in a Domestic Violence Anthology VOICES BEHIND THE TEARS, will be release in October 2011. She will also be apart of the Documentary and her poetry apart of “Homeless Cry” anthology. She also volunteer her story of Love has no waist size to the American Cancer Society anthology. Her Blog is Blog of the Month in From Writer’s POV Magazine.


What's the last book you've read?

Fool's Eye

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is the Color Purple by Alice Walker. This book was the first to want to be a writer. I must of read this book a thousand times because the characters where so vivid and beautiful.


Scottie
Member
Male
About Me

College Graduate,Published Author,Teacher, Entrepreneur

https://createspace.com/3570311

http://twitter.com.scottgbrown 

 

 


What's the last book you've read?

City Boy by Edmund White

What's your favorite book and why?

"The confessions and Diaries of a New York Veteran of the Stonewall Inn Raid of June 28, 1969" is my favorite book, naturally, because it is the story of my significant, young life while living in Greenwich Village, New York in the 1960s. After twenty years with Public Education and retirement at 62, I decided to write. My second book (Confessions) was thrusted upon me because of a significant part of history I had, co-incidently, brought to fruition-the Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Rights Revolution of the 1960s. Time Magazine deemed it to be one of the Ten most influential protests of the 2oth Century-The Stonewall Uprising which I was a participant. This revelation brought me out of the Closet-I had to reveal the fact that I was GAY. 


lesley hal
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Female

Author LadyK
Member
Female
37 years old
About Me

Hello World!! My name is Lady K, hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Author of Heiress to the Throne.


What's the last book you've read?

The Cartel

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Little Black Girl Lost by Keith Lee Johnson. The entire series is great. He does a great job with capturing the slavery era and gives great description and detail. I got lost in it, couldn't put it down.


MzSheriBaby
Member
Female
About Me

Sheri Henry is a 28 year old student at John Jay College for Criminal Justice scheduled to graduate on May 31st 2012 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English. She has started a publishing company named “Diamond Studded Publications”which released Tales of the Broken Hearted on 3/25/12 Currently there are four titles that she is working on. They are “A Black Princess’s Diary” Parts 1 through 3 and “Nicole’s Story: A Good Girl Gone Bad”. She is also a writer for Fabulous and Curvy Magazine. She lives in New York City with her son Jaylin and husband Jemel


What's the last book you've read?

Rozyln

What's your favorite book and why?

Roots. Even though it was so long I enjoyed the historical trip through history.


Simply Complicated
Member
Female

Shakir Rashaan
Member
Male
48 years old
About Me

"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it." ~ Pope John Paul II

 

This has long been my philosophy since I began writing back in high school, starting out with short stories that were initially intended to be stories for different contests for young adult publications. While I never won any of the major prizes from those contests, the “bug” bit me way back then, and has led me on an amazing journey that culminated in the current novels that are currently out.

 

My debut novel in March 2009, The Awakening: Book One of the Nubian Underworld, revolves around a world and a subject that not very many are completely privy to or in the know about: the Fetish/BDSM underground. Determined to prove that “black folks are into kinky stuff, too,” I spun a tale of sexual liberation, revolving around a Dominant Couple, Ramesses and Neferterri, and their submissives, incorporating lessons for the novice that might be curious, but not yet ready to indulge into that world, while entertaining and titillating the experienced whom are used to delving into the world of WIITWD (what it is that we do) and enjoying the decadence within.

 

My sophomore effort in February 2010, Deviant Intent: Obsession, is an erotic mystery that flexes my muscles and talent as a crime fiction writer, relying heavily on my background and studies in the criminal justice field, where I am earning my Bachelor’s degree. DI, as I affectionately refer to my second series, is a spinoff from my Chronicles series which introduces readers to Dominic Law, a former Atlanta Police Detective who turns PI at the request of his childhood friend, Ramesses, to help him carve a niche in the PI industry by helping kinksters with different cases that the police just simply aren’t tremendously interested in, except maybe the special victims unit.

 

I went ahead and lent my literary short story talents in March 2010 to an anthology edited by the amazing Cole Riley called Making the Hookup: Edgy Sex with Soul. Being a part of that project was a feather in my hat, as the anthology made it into a conversation on the Oprah Winfrey Show regarding positive erotica writing.

 

I got back in the lab to the series that put me on the map, releasing Legacy: Book Two of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld in December 2010. I wanted to continue the series, taking fans deeper into the “Fetish/BDSM Underworld” and the lives of Ramesses and Neferterri, putting in a few more twists along the way.

 

Not one to rest on my laurels, I pulled a bit of a split personality stunt in 2011, and the wonderful result of that effort was a new erotic romance entitled All I Want… Is You by his “alter-ego,” Curtis Alexander Hamilton. The novel took off like wildfire, earning several rave reviews despite the unconventional relationship between a man and two women that turned out to be more than anyone expected. I also lent his talents to another erotica anthology, Erotic Snapshots, Vol. 5, edited by Essence Magazine best-seller Anna J, and I have been busy with a collaborative effort with her also, called Motives. This current project with Anna J took me into the genre of urban fiction, further testing the extent of my talents, to be released in 2012. With 2011 coming to a close, I haven’t stopped grinding, preparing the first project coming out in February 2012: the anticipated return of Dominic Law in Deviant Intent: DECEPTION. 2012 will also bring a few new surprises from both Rashaan and Hamilton, as the future begins to look brighter by the day.

 

Before it’s all said and done, I’m hopeful that anyone that reads any of the novels can find a character that they can identify with and love or love to hate. As the novels continue to come out, the maturity will be noticeable and the depth of the characters will keep fans coming back for more.


What's the last book you've read?

Man Swappers - Cairo

What's your favorite book and why?

Invisible Man by Ralph Emerson because it was the first book that really got my juices flowing... it's been on since then LOL 


N'Tyse
Member
Female
About Me

N’Tyse is a Dallas,Texas native and best-selling author of, Twisted Seduction. While N’Tyse,pronounced entice, spells out exotic seduction, the true significance behindher name takes on an entire new meaning. Never Tell Your Secrets is the hiddenmessage N'Tyse envelops within her stimulating taboo tales. Theauthor's writing career began at a very young age where she found poetry,music, and story-telling as an outlet of escape. Now 30,the writer's obsessionwith the pen is better described as the “intimate release” for her imagination.In 2007, she ambitiously penned and self published her freshmen novel, MySecrets Your Lies. Upon the release of her first book, she discovered that herhobby-writing was no longer just a niche to satisfy that writing crave, but atrue talent where her underlying passion awaited.  In late October 2010,N’Tyse acquired a literary agent and soon after landed her first majorpublishing deal with Strebor / Simon & Schuster. N'Tyse currently jugglesher writing career as a mom, wife, and full time personal banker, while alsopursuing her bachelor’s degree in creative / film writing, and businessentertainment. Her latest works include her sophomore novel Stud PrincessNotorious Vendettas and Twisted Seduction. Her features include PP2 MissionaryNo More, Bedtime Stories, Between The Sheets, Erotic Snapshots, Gutta Mamis,and Chocolate Flava 3.

 

 


What's the last book you've read?

I Got This by Jennifer Hudson

What's your favorite book and why?

I have too many to name but one. My favorite urban title happens to be the classic, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. Erotica - Addicted by Zane


Corey Aaron Burkes
Member
Male
53 years old
About Me

Author Corey A. Burkes is known for his intensive storytelling and emotionally connected, page-turning style of writing that builds suspense and thrills straight through to the end of the novel. He has received great reviews for the first Butta’ novel when it was first released in 2007 and they continued in the re-release in 2012 as an eBook. His short suspense horror story, Scratch, has also received stellar reviews for his ability to bring the suspense to each reader personally. Burkes is a new and rapidly growing, smart and original storyteller of 2012 and for years to come.


What's the last book you've read?

No More Lies by Daphine Glenn Robinson

What's your favorite book and why?

Titan by Ron Chernow

It's the biography of John D. Rockerfeller and it's intense with information that I try to apply in my life today. One of the few books I re-read frequently. Not for entertainment, but textbook process.


Rosey Denise
Member
Female
About Me

As thriving entrepreneur and owner of RDW Creations, Rosey Denise White has long maintained a love for writing. From adolescents through adulthood, Rosey has always held a passion for literature. She enjoys English and has a special interest in Greek literature. Inspiring others through thought provoking materials is her literary aspiration. She believes readers of all backgrounds can connect to the real-life approach that her literature often produces. Her non-traditional realistic style has garnered the attention of community leaders, business professionals and novice readers alike.

A Cass Technical Alum, Rosey hails from Detroit, Michigan with roots extending to the southern parts of the country. She is also the award winner of the Floyd M. Washington Jr. essay contest, co-sponsored by the Detroit NAACP and Ford Motor Company.

As a member of the Motown Writers Network, Rosey works with other local authors who enjoy the written word, and strive to strengthen Michigan’s literary community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and listening to music. She is an avid sports fan and also enjoys leisurely travels.

Rosey believes writing is her divine gift. She aspires to influence current and future generations through her current and future literary works.

 

 

 


What's the last book you've read?

Diamond In the Rough

What's your favorite book and why?

Diamond in the Rough , Inspirations of Truth, Tragedy and Triumph is by far my favorite book!  :)

Others include:

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day-  Pearl Cleage

The Souls of Black Folk  -  W. E. B.  Du Bois

Secrets of an Irresistable Woman -  Michelle McKinney Hammond

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