Tsopotsa s Poetry talks Identity, Belonging and African Spirituality

TSITSI TSOPOTSA is a Zimbabwean born storyteller, Poet, Writer, Advocate of the Girl child and a Cultural Arts Activist. She ushers in a rare but captivating poetry writing style. Her new poetry beverage soothes the mind of the reader as it carefully flows with blood and warms the African readers soul. It is soul food to the audience. Tsopotsa  poetry speaks belonging, identity and African spirituality. Her new form of poetry is extraordinary in form and content. Reason and rhythm are special ingredients to this rare but sweet poetic refreshment. WOMAWORDS celebrates dexterity, reason and diversity with Poet Tsitsi Tsopotsa. Aluta Continua- WOMAWORDS eDitor.  

POET LAUREATE JAMIE DEDES CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS.

“The WOMAWORDS press June Edition is to be edited by our Poet Laureate and USA Associate to the WOMAWORDS Hall of Fame, Jamie Dedes.“The call is open to women poets from May 20 through June 20.“Ten poems and poets will be selected from the submissions, which should include a short third-person bio of thirty-to-sixty words and your photograph.“Submissions to be forwarded to BOTH Mbizo Chirasha womawordpress@gmail.com and cc’d Jamie Dedes at thepoetbyday@gmail.com”.G JAMIE DEDES is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of WOMAWORDS Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, “The Damask Garden,” is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

Inside #Poetry Lounge with Publisher Emeritus Gloria Mindock.

Besides being a publisher, I am also a poet. Awards include the Ibbetson Lifetime Achievement Award, the Allen Ginsberg Award for Community Service, the 5th and 40th Moon Prize from Writing in a Woman’s Voice, numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, St. Botolph nomination, a Somerville Arts Council fellowship, and being selected as Poet Laureate in Somerville, MA for 2017 and 2018.Some of my other titles include being one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France),editor of the Istanbul Literary Review/ILR (Turkey)from 2007-2011, editor and co-founder of the Boston Literary Review/BLuR from 1984-1994, co-founder of Theatre S. & S. Press, writer of plays, musicals, adaptations, performance art pieces, and being an actress.Author of 5 books of poetry, “ I Wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me” (Nixes Mate Books, Allston, MA), “Whiteness of Bone” (Glass Lyre Press, Glenview, IL), “Nothing Divine Here” (Cetinje, Montenegro), La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, “Blood Soaked Dresses,” (Ibbetson St. Press, Somerville, MA), and my sixth collection of poetry called “Ash” is forthcoming by Glass Lyre Press.  Also the author of three chapbooks that have been published.

Alari is our #African poetic Damsel.

Sometimes, I ponder why Africa remain chained by shackles of poverty, clobbered by disease and ravaged by war. I then shed a hot scalding tear from within the inner caves of my heart. Africa my motherland your name is IRONY and your birth mark is paradox. Sure, Africa my land   is blessed with natural beautification. Where at every dawn, we dance to the festival of natural beat, Father baboons on baritone, Mother monkeys on sweet tenor, sister doves on soprano and on the trumpet is the great elephant. Africa, My Africa. Today, the wind was calm and the earth danced to the beat of little glory.  COVID 19 is still digging its feet deep unto the gates of our beloved countries. I didn’t stop, I trudged along into the digital thickets of Africa, I met a poetic damsel scribbling poetry graffiti on Facebook wall draping’s and inserting her husky poetic voice on the googles internet walls. The voice in Alari Alare Celine is   the soft beat of drizzle wetting the smile creased foreheads of hills, the rhythm is the gush rush of a waterfall and depth is the cackling of wild hens bathing in silver colored ravine of Zame. Mesmerizing. The poet  in Alari sings  to Africa and yearns for the  return of virgin Africa, the original Africa.  The poet sings  to her  belonging and her  identity . WOMAWORDS Profiles blog present  Poet Writer  Alari Alare Celine , a Kenyan born writer  and is involved with Nairobi Literary Café  Aluta Continua- WOMAWORDS  eDitor.

Conversations Inside #CandidTalkStudio with Iconic Embu County Minister Joan Mwende Kiema Ngunnzi.

 #WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS is a digital cultural arts space for creative resilience and artistic excellence. It is a platform to exhibit the women of literary arts prowess and revolutionary sister comrades, they defied ugly odds of barbarism, chauvinism and savagery to positively change their communities, right the wrong perceptions and carry the torchlight to stardom.  Today in the #WOMAWORDS CANDID Talk Studio, we host a very important human being, An acclaimed Educationist. A global development strategist. A leader par excellence.  An Accomplished of Author of almost all literary, study and educational genres. A Publisher at Large. Thank you, Embu County Minister of Youth and Cultural Affairs #Dr. JOAN MWENDE KIEMA NGUNZI. We are overjoyed to profile dexterity and greatly excited to converse with excellence. Aluta Continua ( Blurb by WOMAWORDS EDitor).  

#Melissa Begley brews yet another Poetic refreshment laced with Hard Truth

MELISSA BEGLEY# brews yet another hair-harrowing and nerve shredding poetically packaged hybrid memoirs. The rhythm abound is astounding and head busting. Her verbal bravado is mesmerizing. And this heart- scalding memoir is classic   as the paradox and humor become preservatives to enrich  this literary brew. Storyteller par excellence. Begley’s memoirs carry harsh realities and shattering experiences from her tender years into her tussling. The heart stabbing   sexual abuse to her soft -innocent plum in her tender life by a ravenous and uncouthed biological brother evokes salty tears in the eyes of the reader. Harsh realities. And the writers voice is pregnant with boldness and bravery that defines the iron lioness within her spirit as it carries scars of her   tumultuous life ordeal. We have a myriad of torrid, untold stories hidden in the heart caves of many, vulnerable in from dust villages of Nyamapanda to the heart of favelas in South Americas and streets of Chicago. The writer poet chronicler in Melissa Begley traverses with us without much farce. We gasp and choke as we tread along the twists and turns of her mind boggling and traumatic live trends. Melissa Begley   is a trailblazing film story. She is her story. Her story unravels the realities and complexities of the ordeals of young girls and women as they groan under the yoke of chauvinism and sexual barbarism.  WOMAWORDS is overjoyed to feature such boldness, bravery, wit and dexterity.  MELISSA BEGLEYS Writings compliments her role as our #DAUGHTERSOFTHEEARTHPROJECT Fundraising Coordinator. The Project was delayed by the menacing COVID 19 lock downs. We are resuming the # Daughters of the Earth Project in the next two weeks.  ALUTA CONTINUA (WOMAWORDS EDITOR-Mbizo Chirasha) *

Inside the #HARDTALK Studio with Ambily Omanakuttan.

India. Great -land  blessed with  abundant rice and unbending spiritual beliefs. Rice is ranked among  global staple foods. India  .BLESSINGS.Land of plenty .Like  other countries or continents, India is also  haunted by  own political ghosts, economic ailments and social decadence. Every Kingdom on this earth  carry its own beautiful  and ugly trends. India is not spared.  A paradoxical world.   #WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS is rooted in dialogue among civilizations that we  heal this our world, t ripped  apart by polarization, social ailments and ravenous pandemic. The our Earth throttled by Sino- phobia, Afrophobia and Xenophobia.  WOMAWORDS Editor, #MBIZO CHIRASHA conducted   a no holds #HARD TALK conversations with Indian Poet Writer Artist and Social Justice Activist AMBILY OMANAKUTTAN.Their candid discussions are based on today’s societal traumas, human freedoms and social justice. Ambily Omanakuttan is also the #WOMAWORDS  Associate/Representative  in  India. Aluta Continua!

Kari Krenn ferments Poetry in digital thickets.

KARI KRENN    traverses the literary jungle with  a poetic zeal,  zeal to cross the Nile, Thames and the even the Gulf of poetry. Kari is voracious reader and a bold pen- slinger. Argentinian Poet Extraordinaire. A well-versed chronicler and a cultural tourist.  Writer KRENN is the current Southern America Associate to the WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. An Activist Writer Poet Artist Organizer with her work published widely home and abroad. And graced Cuba, Mozambique, United States of America, Kenya and her Country Argentina.  KARI is also dancer, a theatre artist and collects a collage of stunning photographs during her arts culture trips abroad. Poet /Translator KRENN sent us bilingual submission. English and Spanish her mother language. Diversity. WOMAWORDS continue to retrace, trace and archive the footprints of champions of resilience and masons of resistance inside this digital thicket. Amandla!  * WOMAWORDS EDITOR*

Walking Along the Art Path with Iconic Bina Sarkar Ellias,

LIVE LITERATURE CURATOR AND PEN WIELDER* Kolkata International Poetry Festival* Bina Sarkar Ellias (b. 1949) is a poet, fiction writer and art curator. She is also founder-editor-designer-publisher of International Gallerie, the award-winning global arts and ideas journal since 22 years. Her book of selected poems FUSE, was taught at Towson University, Maryland, USA, and has a Chinese edition. Her poems have been translated into French, Greek, Spanish, Arabic and Urdu. Her recent book of ekphrastic poems ‘When Seeing Is Believing’ has just been launched. She has received a Fellowship from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program, Japan, 2007, the Times Group Yami Women Achievers’ Award, Bombay, 2008, and the FICCI/FLO, Calcutta, 2013, Award for Excellence in her work. 

Living Art Conversations with Becky Robinson.

#Her artworks are illustrious, her paintings carry dignity of life. Rebecca Robinson bravely wields her weapons, A Pencil and A Brush to communicate life messages, to speak positive change and to heal communities from daily life traumas. Her artistic prowess tripled with maturity and exuberance mesmerizes her audience, her readers and other communities’ home abroad.  Her wall exhibitions that include billboard painting projects exude versatility and diversity. Becky s creative career is an embodiment of spiritual reverence, emotional expression and humane contentment. WOMA-WORDS LITERARY PRESS Projects Curator, Mbizo Chirasha had a virtual coffee table conversation with legendary, Rebecca Robinson and we are artistically honored to feature this special Profile of the illustrious   artist and game-changer. Rebecca Robinson studied fashion design in Atlanta, Ga. and continued her education at North Carolina Central University ,where she majored in Art/ Visual Communications and graduated with high honors. Her background also includes art history, printmaking, photography, graphic design, film, and creative marketing.We are proud and overjoyed to feature this prolific interview of this acclaimed Artist , Painter ,Gallerist and Chronicler. We trust our readers, poets and artist are able to pluck chlorophyll filled leaf of inspiration from this baobab of a human, Rebecca Robinson.