Anjum Wasim Dar , a resilient literary arts activism cadre!

Born in Srinagar (Indian Occupied )Kashmir,Migrant Pakistani.Educated at St Anne's Presentation Convent Rawalpindi. MA in English MA in History ( Ancient Indo-Pak  Elective) CPE Cert.of Proficiency in English Cambridge UK. -Dip.TEFL AIOU Open Uni. Islamabad Pakistan.Writing poems articles and stories since 1980.Published  Poet.Awarded Poet of Merit Bronze Medal  2000 USA .Worked as Creative Writer Teacher Trainer.  Educational Consultant by Profession.Published Poet.Author of 3 Adventure Novels (Series)  7 Times Winner NANOWRIMO 2011- 2019.

DAUGHTER OF MAU MAU: A Tribute to Kenyan Struggle Veteran, Virginia Edith Wambui Waiyaki.

Wrong woman! Yes, she got pregnant. Yes, she got released. Yes, she gives birth to a half caste child. BUT! She didn’t hide the facts of her situation. She refused the victimhood visited upon her and she chose to look at the resulting child as a blessing in revealing the rot of the master colonialist against a woman. And long before rape became an NGO affair and laws passed against it, Wambui’s personal experience became the barrier breaker against a vice the world is still grappling with. That was Wambui and the British colonial masters of the day. Did she win when she sued that institution later for its crime? No. But the truth of rape as a tool of war and warring showed its ugly face. Intimidation and dehumanization among women in conflict zones came out. That it’s happening cannot be denied. Lesson.

When Poet Laureate, JAMIE DEDE’S Pen Coughs Hard Truth!

Jamie Dedes *( WOMAWORDS POET LAUREATE)*   bravely wields her pen weaponry  and slings  her  COVID hardened verses to this unrepentant earth   , ripped apart by pandemics , greed , corruption and treachery . Her  poem BEYOND  YEARNING HOPE  is  spiritual  and didactic  as  she informs , questions and educate our earthly humanity . The poem reflects  the depth of emotions as the  ravaging  PANDEMIC  savages  humanity in all corridors of life , politically , economically , culturally and socially .  *Beyond  Yearning Hope* is a grinding  truth as well as  a food for thought to  surviving Heroes and She -Heroes. Thumbs up to our  Poet Laureate , our literary trench soilder , JAMIE DEDES.  Together We Rise against  the COVID 19 Pandemic *( WOMAWORDS CURATOR)*

WOMAWORDS SPECIAL: the March Experience-Past and Present!!!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SPECIAL -Angels do walk among humanity, lending a hand whenever needed. Seen and unseen, the universe takes care of it's own in the cycles of the seasons. Woman, the gentle strength who bears the race of it's species. Woman, the support system that nurtures the fledgling that rules the generations of power holders. To speak of the human race in it's most diverse form is to recognize the guardian angel that not only carries the seed of humanity but also shapes it in it's initial stages to present to it's world the heros we celebrate in high, medium and lower places. A woman is the pot that suckles tomorrow by tending today. She is the creators deputy in formenting the charge that holds to count succeeding voices of men and women. Her place is the cadre of unsung heros of her specie. How any society treats it's women tells their level of spiritual guaranty. WOMAWORDS, is a platform curated by a man who recognizes the historical, cultural, social and economical injustices that has plagued the "womanrace". From the baby girl to the teenage struggling with it's identity to the mature woman whose voice has been muted by it's male partners and societal policing, WOMAWORDS seeks to raise awareness on existing gaps that hinder the full realization and positive potential for the female in living a productive life without social stigmitazation and offer where possible, mitigating measures and where not possible provide information and tried and tested methods of achieving individual and communal self positive growth. This endeavor is hoped to open dialogue on traumatizing topics into the fore like menstrual health , speaks firmly and volubly against Feelings genital mutilation and child marriages, campaign against sexual exploitation and rape, as well as encourage women to speak against other forms of gender inequalities in their societies. WOMAWORDS, while it seeks to speak for women issues, is also geared to engage the male gender for women are mothers of men and men are sons of women. This divide must be recognized and respected to avoid the gender wars that has brought us as human society to where we are now. We dedicate this journal to legendaries and luminaries of female voices of resilience,those who have gone ahead like Maya Angelo, Toni Morrison, Yvonne Vera, Bessy Head ,Greta Thurnberg,Doris Lessing, Wangari Maathai, Brenda Fassie ,and the living, the likes of G Jamie Dede's, Tsitsi Dangarembwa, Fadzayi Mahere, Jessie Majome, Thandiswa Mazwai, Hope Masike, Martina Mwanza, Njoki Ndungu, Michelle Obama, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzwanda and Opra Winfrey:A Prologue -( by NANCY NDEKE, the WOMAWORDS African Continent  Editorial Associate).

CROSS OVER: Liberating Voices Journal.

WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS* is a literary arts culture digital space exhibiting WOMEN voices of RESILIENCE and featuring   Writings of RESISTANCE.  In this great year of 2020, we are ready to unleash a highly ambitious, #DaughersoftheEarthProject, an International Writers Contest. The project seeks to promote dialogue, exhibit experiences and speak out dignified solutions on matters of menstrual equity and health through * VOICES of RESISTANCE* and WORDS OF RESILIENCE *.   WOMA WORDS and VOICES to disarm perpetrators of barbarism, stigma and violence. And also free the girl-child from the yoke of inferiority complex and historical stereotypes.   The CROSS OVER, Liberating Voices Journal is a global collection of writers, activists, artists and poets representing   WOMAWORDS in their countries and continents.  We take  this opportunity to introduce the Fundraising Coordinator of the # Daughtersof theEarth Project , Writer and Peace Activist Melissa Begley  and our 2020 Poet Laureate is  Jamie Dedes . Jamie Dedes  is  the Founding Editor  of  THE POET BY DAY , an official publicity partner of the #DaughtersoftheEarth Project and other WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS Activities. Our Featured Image is courtesy of Poet and Visual Artist MIROSLAVA PANAYOTOVA ,our Bulgarian Associate. Aluta Continua!!! ( WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR).

Tracy Yvonne Breazile’s Poetry is our MASTER KEY of Resistence

TRACY YVONNE BREAZILE 's double  edged  razor sharp cutting of   poesy scythes  against weeds of  earthly stereotypes of  political barbarism  . Her poetry of resistance burns gluttonous fingers of despots and oil guzzling throats of mongering warlords.  Her protest lines are steely bolt nut strong and resilient. Unsparingly ,the razor sharp tip of her poetic machete  slice through  Africa  in quest  for the freedom of her earth mates “Zimbabweans” ,writhing  under the heavy yoke of unbridled corruption as they suffocate from toxic , choking   command politics .  Breazile’s poetry is written and presented through the eye of a master of satire and paradox. She is an undying spiritual  combatant and artistic  soldier  yearning for morsels of peace and  bread crumbs of freedom , on this earth now a heap of bullet shells  and dustbin of broken souls . The Poet opens the Great Year of 2020 with a verse of resilience, MASTER KEY with grey streaks of protest and yellow traces of rebuke, MASTER KEY. Tracy Yvonne Breazile is a Mentor in Residence of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign Projects  -Brave Voices Poetry Journal , Word Guerrillas Café and WOMAWORDS Literary Press- (by WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR).

Nancy Kili frees WOMEN from Shackles of Barbarism

NANCY KILI’s prose poetry explodes with unbridled reason and scintillating  rhythm. The marrow of her stanzas carries the women vigor, bravery and motherly wisdom. Simplified verses are pregnant with wit and promise. The poet cum girl child advocate cum humanitarian is an artistic combatant  commanding her pen from within poetic trenches to free women from yokes of historical vagaries and unchain the girl child from shackles of cultural stereotypes.     Keli wields her double sharpened pen to spit the venom of sanity against the hard sandy apparitions of century aged  chauvism and barbarism. Her verses are a concoction of dictionary simplicity, reason, truth and reason.  Aluta Continua! Happy great 2020(WOMAWORDS Chief Editor).

Melissa Begley brews a Poetic Mix of Joy and Pain.

Melissa Begley has just brewed a heart rending paradox through a poetic refreshment mix  of pain and joy. They are traces of bitterness after losing her beloved life partner as days quivered in the December  seizures  of Christmas trance  .The Poet Writer does not wholly  succumb on the altar of grief  forever . She sings of joys and sweet memories of love once lived with contentment and fulfillment. Her verses are clad with  pain  of    emptiness  and the excitement that  the  clean spirit her departed  beloved  has been embraced  by the golden rays  of the  New-year sun  en-route to the heavenly comfort of the Almighty God  .  Melissa Begley wields her brave pen to archive her painful loss, romantic anecdotes, sweet memories, thought threads and life  tracks . She grieves her loss with her soul bubbling with the glow of glory that humiliates devil’s sinful anticipations. Poet Begley is not only a writer but also an archivist and a chronicler of daily life events. Let’s drink Melissa Begley’s new poetic beverage with the anticipation of a glorious year. Happy Great Year of 2020-( WOMAWORDS EDITOR).

ALUTA CONTINUA: Selected WOMAWORDS Reflections!

Beloved  2019 . We  cannot say goodbye.NO . 2019 ,You remain the mirror on which   we see dreams we slept through during our golden nights  . 2019, You are the message inscribed on footprints on wide and narrow paths we passed  through and walked past .We embrace the ambiance of the 2020 SUN with groping hearts and willing spirits .We walk up  the ladders of the earthly bridge between You 2019 AND 2020 armed with creative zeal , positive  confidence and Godly trust that we are meeting our new BELOVED 2020

Jayitha Vannum , Our Trailblazing Storyteller.

Her words echoed in my ears. The world slowed down, everything around me started going in slow motion. I looked at her and my whole life flashed in front of me. It spiraled around me as thoughts flowed in and out of my mind. My body felt numb; I lost all the feelings on my fingertips. I could feel anger settling down in my stomach, and I could feel the despair fill up until my throat. I was falling backwards or maybe it was the drugs? Her voice ran along my body, I couldn’t hear it any longer. I loved this state of ecstasy, but she couldn’t be a part of it, she couldn’t ruin just another thing that brought me happiness. Diane had to go.