Rest in Peace, Margie Shaheed

On days like this, being a publisher is a terrible job.  I clearly remember the day I first read Margie Shaheed’s submission to the HCP poetry chapbook contest, which she won.  Her words were energetic, smart, and funny–and eventually I found out just how well they represented her personality.  I was proud to publish her work and felt lucky to call her a friend.  I looked forward to the coming years, getting to be closer friends despite the geographic distance between our homes.  But that was not meant to be.  Goodbye, Sister Margie.  I miss you already. Margie featured at … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Margie Shaheed

Extra MoJo! #2 Available Now

Extra MoJo! #2, a print anthology of 14 Black women’s poetry and flash memoir) is now available on Amazon! Thank you to the contributing writers for their patience and support as the publication date was delayed for a few months.   Cover image: “Maya” (photograph) © 2015 Patricia Wallace Jones Writers:  Cherrell Bates * Anna K. Betts * Atlas Brown * Featured Writer Marcie Eanes * Rekaya Gibson * Meredith King * Diane L. Lewis * Lynda McLellan * April V. Parker * Helen Patmon * Brittany Rogers * Reena Walker * Robin G. White *** Extra MoJo! (HCP, 2013) is also … Continue reading Extra MoJo! #2 Available Now

Margie Shaheed: Poetry Contest 2014 Winner

Playground: poems by Margie Shaheed In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children’s rhymes and references to toys and games. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!   cover image c. 2015 James Polacci Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Mosaic (NightBallet Press, 2013) and Onomatopoeia (NightBallet Press, 2015).   Her work has also appeared in print journals including Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias, The Mom Egg Review, and Blackberry as well as online at TimBookTu … Continue reading Margie Shaheed: Poetry Contest 2014 Winner

Mignon Ariel King’s Memoir

The memoir of a 50-year-old Black American woman who survived the ideological race, class, and gender wars in academe in the ’90s!  The narrative explains how Ms. King transformed from a former English instructor into a language artist and small-press publisher.  Good for her…but what about the following generations of girls? Available on Amazon Continue reading Mignon Ariel King’s Memoir

Extra MoJo! — On Sale Now

Extra MoJo! is a paperback anthology by 21 Black women writers.  Poetry.  Memoir.  Social Commentary.  AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.   Cover image c. 2012 by Jessica Grundy Featuring the best of Issues 1-10 of the online journal  MoJo! (See archived work examples via the MoJo! tab above.) Continue reading Extra MoJo! — On Sale Now