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Finally finished Heavy by Kiese Laymon thanks to a series of sleepless nights and I literally bowed down on the floor when I closed the book. I can’t even describe it - the art, the wit, the brilliance of Black abundance, the cutting critique of white power and privilege—is inspiring but also pretty damn daunting. How to write with this much honesty and fierce vulnerability about power privilege and all the ways we try to love and fail? Be Kiese Laymon that’s how. This is my favorite memoir Ive read in the past several years - with Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev and The Body Papers by Grace Talusan right up there too at the top. .
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Finally finished Heavy by Kiese Laymon thanks to a series of sleepless nights and I literally bowed down on the floor when I closed the book. I can’t even describe it - the art, the wit, the brilliance of Black abundance, the cutting critique of white power and privilege—is inspiring but also pretty damn daunting. How to write with this much honesty and fierce vulnerability about power privilege and all the ways we try to love and fail? Be Kiese Laymon that’s how. This is my favorite memoir Ive read in the past several years - with Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev and The Body Papers by Grace Talusan right up there too at the top. . . .  #memoir  #cnf  #creativenonfiction  #lyricmemoir  #kieselaymon  #heavy  #BlackAbundance  #Blackwriters  #race  #whiteprivilege  #whitesupremacy  #mississippi  #bookstagram  #books  #bookclub  #bookreview  #goodreads

To everyone who works to get independent artists paid - in nickels dimes fives and twenties and a few hundreds that add up here and there: thank you. Writing will never be my full on bread and butter but I love it when it can be a satisfying meryenda for belly and soul. H/T @pennyloafa @poetswritersinc #ArtWork #CulturalLabor #Compensation

To everyone who works to get independent artists paid - in nickels dimes fives and twenties and a few hundreds that add up here and there: thank you. Writing will never be my full on bread and butter but I love it when it can be a satisfying meryenda for belly and soul. H/T @pennyloafa @poetswritersinc  #ArtWork  #CulturalLabor  #Compensation

Another moment of the everyday magic that is summer in Seattle - stumbling across amazing gospel singer Arianne Maree trying out a new song on a piece of public art — thanks to Pianos in the Parks at Jimi Hendrix Park .
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#pianosintheparks #selftaughtmusician #jimihendrixpark #southseattleparks #Blackmusicmagic #seattleparks #seattleneighborhoods #onereel

Another moment of the everyday magic that is summer in Seattle - stumbling across amazing gospel singer Arianne Maree trying out a new song on a piece of public art — thanks to Pianos in the Parks at Jimi Hendrix Park . . .  #pianosintheparks  #selftaughtmusician  #jimihendrixpark  #southseattleparks  #Blackmusicmagic  #seattleparks  #seattleneighborhoods  #onereel

All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita’s before the kleenex came out - nuthin like pre-reading laughs and a good reading-long cry with these badass brown artists. We say: Heeeey Go get your copy of FPOSE 2daaaay #FormerPossessionsoftheSpanishEmpire #PoetryisNotaLuxury
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#Pinay #pinaypoets #pinxy #pinxypoets #filipina #filipinx #poetsofinstagram #writerslife #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #pocpoets #wocwriters #wocpoets

All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita’s before the kleenex came out - nuthin like pre-reading laughs and a good reading-long cry with these badass brown artists. We say: Heeeey Go get your copy of FPOSE 2daaaay  #FormerPossessionsoftheSpanishEmpire  #PoetryisNotaLuxury . . .  #Pinay  #pinaypoets  #pinxy  #pinxypoets  #filipina  #filipinx  #poetsofinstagram  #writerslife  #writerscommunity  #writersofinstagram  #pocpoets  #wocwriters  #wocpoets

Today’s Beacon Hill reading for Michelle Peñaloza’s book launch was full of colorful stars both in the audience and on stage and I was moved and inspired AND I got to meet Michelle’s MOM. I loved being part of this. I knew it would be special and it went beyond and was necessary and fed my soul. Thank you to Estelita’s for hosting and to @martha_cooks for organizing and to @pennyloafa for inviting me and to everyone who carved time to come—y’all made the magic happen. 
Ps. I hope you’ll consider picking up Michelle’s prize winning collection of poems Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire - it’s a stunner
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#formerpossessions #michellepenaloza #pinay #pinaypoets #poetrycommunity #pinxy #pinxyexcellence #filipina #filipinawriters #filipinapoets #writingcommunity #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram

Today’s Beacon Hill reading for Michelle Peñaloza’s book launch was full of colorful stars both in the audience and on stage and I was moved and inspired AND I got to meet Michelle’s MOM. I loved being part of this. I knew it would be special and it went beyond and was necessary and fed my soul. Thank you to Estelita’s for hosting and to @martha_cooks for organizing and to @pennyloafa for inviting me and to everyone who carved time to come—y’all made the magic happen. Ps. I hope you’ll consider picking up Michelle’s prize winning collection of poems Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire - it’s a stunner . . .  #formerpossessions  #michellepenaloza  #pinay  #pinaypoets  #poetrycommunity  #pinxy  #pinxyexcellence  #filipina  #filipinawriters  #filipinapoets  #writingcommunity  #poetsofinstagram  #writersofinstagram

Lake Chelan after the thunderstorm #PNWsummer

Lake Chelan after the thunderstorm  #PNWsummer