Joy For The World




The Gleeful Goddess

at the crux of fear and flame ’tis the season of joy.


I’m happy to be celebrating the sixth consecutive year of platforming and presenting the work of women writers at the annual Hobart Festival of Women Writers co-founded with Cheryl Clarke and Barbara Balliet. We had a great weekend of rejuvenation and inspiration in the beautiful Catskills this past September 7, 8 &9th.

View more photo highlights here:

Festival of Women Writers 2018 photo highlights

A ROOM OF HER OWN FOUNDATION, a global organization of creative women with which I’ve been associated since its first writer’s retreat in 2003 has rolled out a wave of treasure this December, Gifts of Fellowship which include unique opportunities for the givers. You can donate to support this great consortium of creative women AND have a chance to win an expert book doctor consultation with Esther Cohen, OR secure a winter artist’s/writer’s residency in Santa Fe at a charming casita OR you can experience an empowering ONE-ON-ONE session designed to build your skills and confidence in reading your own creative writing with Breena Clarke.

Are you ready to read your work for an audience?  Do you shake in your boots at the thought of performing your own writing? Consider donating to A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Edna Payne Clarke Gift of Fellowship and you could win an opportunity to work with me. Find out the full details and donate-to-win a Gift of Fellowship at A Room of Her Own Foundation:

 Winning fellows will be announced January 4th.

In this one on one class with me which is named in honor of my mother, Edna Payne Clarke,  you’ll get email and video-conferencing interaction. I’ll help you select the right material to read and I’ll share my tips on preparation and some techniques for a smooth and exciting reading.


Check out Hobart Festival of Women Writers Holiday Gift Guide. A book is always the right size.

Gift books

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Give a gift of truth and beauty. Purchase a Hobart Festival of Women Writers Calendar

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Catch The Wave


A Room Of Her Own Foundation has put out the call for submissions to its first ever Waves Anthology. I’m thrilled to be a board member of the organisation and happy to help make this announcement. AROHO, committed to ending the isolation of creative women,  is looking for new & established voices, published & unpublished work for this soon to be landmark anthology. ALL WOMEN are invited to submit creative work of all kinds, including work from the 2015 AROHO Retreat Waves Discussion Series, and even portions of previously submitted Gift of Freedom applications.  Full information is found here:  Be a part of the groundswell! Catch The Wave!

In this video Diane Gilliam and I discuss the project’s parameters and guidelines:

WAVES anthology video –  I was really excited to interview Diane about this opportunity for the AROHO community. The Deadline for submissions is August 1st.

Breena & Legacy scarf

in my AROHO Legacy scarf.

Also The Hurston-Wright Foundation’s Summer Workshops at Howard University are coming up August 6-12, 2016.  Deadline for application is May 14th. They are offering:

Creative Nonfiction: W. Ralph Eubanks, leader
This workshop explores the challenges of memoir, biography and nonfiction narratives.
The Art of Fiction: Elizabeth Nunez, leader 
This workshop for writers of short stories and long fictional narratives focuses on the essentials of skillful storytelling.
Founded in 1990, Hurston/Wright Foundation is a nonprofit committed to developing, mentoring, and honoring Black. Learn more at

And mark your calendar for the fourth annual Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers. September 9, 10th & 11th, 2016. This annual event held on the weekend after Labor Day  will bring together twenty-one published women writers to read from their work and offer workshops in the beautiful town of Hobart, New York, called The Book Village of the Catskills and the reading capital of New York State. Join my sister and me for a weekend dedicated to readers, writers and all lovers of language.

LOGO 2016

HBV Festival of Women Writers’ Participating Writers 2016

Here’s my Goodreads List of the work of our Festival of Women Writers Sisterhood:

HBV Festival of Women Writers on Goodreads

By My Precise Haircut

Be certain to get your copy of Cheryl Clarke’s eagerly awaited new collection of poetry, “By My Precise Haircut”. It’s available:

By My Precise Haircut by Cheryl Clarke at Small Press Distribution