NOW, an online journal

Hobart Festival of Women Writers has published the first issue of a new online journal featuring new work from some of the many published women authors who have been Participating Writers at Hobart Festival of Women Writers. I’m excited to have been one of the editors of this issue. I was joined as editor by Cheryl Clarke and Esther Cohen. Read excerpts of my fiction and non-fiction here:

His Teeth

Bazemore Plantation

Bazemore, Maryland


His gleaming, ivory-colored teeth could have stood in his mouth for another lifetime, but each fell beneath the knife. They bound him to a plank. They dosed him with alcohol to quiet his howling as the horse surgeon pillaged his incisors, his molars, and his bicuspids. They took his teeth because he was a persistent escapee, had run away seven times and bore marks of whipping and brining.

There were no rotted teeth in his mouth, no broken ones, none were misshapen, and not a single one was missing. Very great was the resistance of the teeth to being pulled out. They were moved not at all by the horse surgeon’s pliers. He reconsidered and took up a knife and an awl and cut away the gums until the teeth could hold no longer. Several times the man nearly drowned on the massive amounts of blood in his mouth. Yanked upright, turned over a bucket to spit, salted water flushed into his mouth, more whiskey poured down his throat, the work continued until each tooth was dug out undamaged. Each was cleaned, admired, and carefully placed in a wired device fitted for the master’s mouth.

read more:

Aunt Jemima, Eleanor Bumpers, Sandra Bland, and Breonna Taylor: Writing Against The Current  

I never thought I’d be updating the dramatic work, “Re/Membering Aunt Jemima: A Menstrual Show” or even seriously reconsidering it. Written more than twenty-five years ago, the play contains topical references that I thought would seem stale in the 21st century. Glenda Dickerson and I had, in writing “Aunt Jemima: A Menstrual Show,” flung ourselves at notions of racial propriety. We didn’t want to write a domestic drama full of polite insistence that black people are worthy of Western civilization. We wanted to confront the popular culture of negative images of Black Women in messy confrontational language.

read my entire essay at

NOW, an online journal features also the work of Alexis DeVeaux, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Arisa White, Lisa Wujnovich, Esther Cohen, Elena Schwolsky, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Marina Cramer, Julie Enszer, Aine Greaney, Ellen Meeropol, Bertha Rogers, Linda Lowen, Diane Gilliam, Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, Denise B. Dailey, Cheryl Clarke and Stephanie Nikolopoulos

Najeeb Walid Harb 1974 – 1989

Baby Najeeb

Najeeb Walid Harb 1974 – 1989

He was beloved of his parents, Breena Clarke and Walid Najeeb Harb. He was beloved of his stepfather, Helmar Augustus Cooper. He was beloved of his aunts, Cheryl Clarke and Victoria Clarke Wood.

Najeeb & Mr. Peanut

I still have the hat worn on this day

Najeeb and Breena

I am happiest here

These are my favorite pictures of the days that I remember fondly. These are days that I can recall in great sensory detail. These photographs are precious tokens for recollection.

Najeeb W. Harb

one of a series of headshots

Najeeb with football

at Hershey Park, Pa. with Popsi and Mother wearing a Hershey kiss hat and a silk shirt from Syria

Najeeb holidng bag

on the street near Cheryl’s apartment in NYC



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