HOKIS is Founder and Senior Editor of Headline. She believes in supporting a range of voices at various stages of their craft for this is the most impactful design of grassroots revolutions. She envisions Headline as a platform that exemplifies the beliefs that all poetry is political and reflection is essential to effectively reshape conversations and culture – for writers and readers alike.Beyond the boundless bounds of Headline, Hokis assists the local-to-her Moth-inspired storytelling project, regularly contributes to Reclamation Magazine and is a 2020 hall of fame-r with Woman Words Literary Press. Visit her personal workspace for links to published pieces and read in-progress drafts.
WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS features a global poetry maestro ,AGNES MARTON. Poet Marton's verses are digestible and are enriched with natural beat . The amazing dexterity is coupled with her inner-depth passion to the art of words.Her literary presentation and prowess delivery is revolutionary . While her poetic expression is simplified , though her audience should be always be ready to be jabbed by that mind spiking satire , sparked by rib rattling sarcasm and burnt by her heart -rending ambiguity . We pluck the ripe corn of inspiration from Poet Chronicler AGNES MARTON's writings and poesy.Among some of her greatest artistic accomplishments Writer MARTON is the Editor of the Ofi Press in Mexico City. "RESILIENCE IS OUR MASTER KEY"-( WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR)
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’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 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).
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
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.
The griot in Jamie Dedes is dare –daring. The tone as accompanied with the granite rock verbiage is sarcastic but riotous. The poet cum fighter for social justice and trench soldier for political inclusion turns poetry pages into battle fields, racists are jabbed by defiant swords of satire. Poetry Spaces are poetry washed into oxymoronic fields of peace, corrupt landlords, warlords and tyrants are roasted by flames of metaphor. Dedes irony exorcise political demons and rattles the grip of economic dare-devils as her hyperbolic versifications remind egoistic , unrepentant chauvinistic forces , it’s time to balance the state of affairs , in villages , in drinking clubs , in religious societies and state officialdoms . The griot is a singer of truth against segregation, against historical vagaries and political vulgar. A griot cum poet cum truth evangelist and humanitarian. Jamie Dedes is a publisher of digital poetry spaces, human rights defender and Literary Arts Projects Catalyst. Dedes is currently the official Mbizo Chirasha Exile Situation International and Press Campaign Manager – ( WOMAWORDS PRESS Chief Editor).
My stint in the Copper belt province , Kitwe sanguaged between Congo and Lusaka inside the creative and blessed country of Zambia. I met great, unique, aspiring and established literary voices. One amazing voice is Mable Chama , a budding poet , actor , writer and a graduate of educational studies from a top Zambian Teachers College .Chama was ardent in her participation to 2019 Sotambe Festival Master Classes that included , film , social media diplomacy and Live literature Hub activities . The poet in Chama yearns for a great society , her poetry touches much on human life , survival , societal and spiritual issues .Her artistry carries with it rays and flames of boldness and the quest to find answers about life or in life . The poet is a resilient fighter for liberation of downtrodden voices . It was great meeting such voices like Chama and other youthful voices yearning for truth, peace and harmony in Africa and beyond - Curator of WOMAWORDS
Mhangami introduces a new and unique story writing style. The story titled "Please leave your Shoes at the door" is candid and bold.All her artistic presentations are characterized by traces of boldness and streaks of bravery. She is a voice worth reading ,learning and listening . Mhangami is armed with creative resilience and artistic steadfastness to empower women as she also advocates for the rights of the girl child through creativity platforms and social digital spaces. Mhangami is our Sisters Keeper. Read , enjoy and comprehend this unique story by our bold and brave Comrade Barbara Mhangami -Ruwende- Curator of WOMAWORDS.