Today is her day to shine! I really believe that Amanda is one of God’s earth angels assigned to my Instagram feed. I know that she writes about it all but every single time I see a post of hers, it’s upbeat and super positive!

Here’s one of my favorites!


In Her Words…

Writing has been my passion since the age of 7… my inspiration to keep going with my writing has always come from my mother. Even though she passed away when I was 18, it is now driven by her memory. 


My name is Amanda Hoppes born and raised in Iowa. My writing is my every step, every move, every breath I take; It’s my vibrant smile, my saddest frown, my every single mistake; It’s my heart on fire, my soul so deep, my mind always free; It’s my life line, my past, present and future, my writing is ME


As of May 2016, my first poetry book “From Midnight to Moonlight” was released. Now onto the next!


e Speaks…

Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and stopping by the #WriterCrushWednesday series Amanda!! 

SUPPORT AMANDA ON LINE!

Instagram as @abhoppes

Facebook as @AmandaHoppesAuthor 

Twitter as @shehoppes 

Amanda says she’s a social butterfly and loves making new friends – follow her!

Contact Amanda at:

amandahoppes@gmail.com

speak@speak-with.me

Purchase her book here!

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I’M A PRODUCT OF

From Mother’s breast

To Purity’s Treasure Chest 

To accepting a Love

That was nailed to the cross

“How archaic!” smug tongues

Jeer at my belief. 

Fast forward to life’s 

gruesome discoveries 

Unreturned phone calls

Unanswered texts

And let’s not forget 

DMs blatantly ignored 

though clearly seen.

Broken promises 

Forbidden inspiration 

Yielding rose garden saturation

In abundance pleasures unknown 

So desperately needed again

Yet remain foreign to me. 

Unfulfilled temptation

False hope positives

Given without hesitation

“Gimme gimme” take takes 

Bathed in consistent

Unappreciation. 

Middle fingers high in the air

Grasping at faint expertise extraordinaire 

All while fighting

To still believe. 

Determined to survive it 

cause it’s the true highest 

level of consciousness

any human being can achieve. 

I’m a producer of this T H A N G 

Though NOTHING has caused 

me more raw pain 

and the damage 

is unbelievably DEEP

Some may see me as a victim 

but since my heart can still beat 

With them I opt not to agree 

I’m just a product of 

this thing spelled 

L O V E 

iWrite 4.28.16

***(Sigh) This is one of my favorite vintage pieces. Just a glimpse of some of what I’ve been writing over the past year but not posting here on my blog. Thank you for taking the ride with me. It nor I, am for the faint of heart.  

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Peter. The man of few words who says so much. You can feel the steadfastness when encountering his work yet he is full of surprises. Demonstrating great range he is unafraid to engage every emotion. From inspirational poetry to romantic pieces his poetic voice refuses sedation. 

An early supporter of my Instagram poetry page, he has continued to provide consistent feedback and encouragement! 


In His Words…

My name is Peter Eshomonu Excel. A native of Edo State, Nigeria. I’m an African, I’m black skin and I represent Nigeria. I studied Psychology from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo Nigeria. I love writing and speaking through words. I’m a young writer, who loves to play with words through quotes, stories, poems, and songs. 

e Speaks…


Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and stopping by the #WriterCrushWednesday series Peter!! Below is one of his incredibly inspiring pieces written to share in this space! 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE 
 
Impossible they see 
From their shallow mind they speak 
A trapped mind living in darkness 
Freedom lost even when shown brightness 
 
Impossible they paint
Just because they want your freedom as bait 
A slave blinded by the power of perception 
Who has failed to see beyond his lame vision
 
Impossible they speak
Out of the abundance of their heart they teach
A failed student turned teacher 
Life lessons they’ve failed to rehearse 
 
Nothing is impossible 
Everything is achievable 
It is just a word that exist in the dictionary 
A word that can spring to life if ONLY you believe. 
 
How you view the world 
Will either bring you peace or war 
Your heart is the artist drawing board 
And your mouth a loaded gun
 
Nothing is impossible
If you can think and act possible
Nothing is impossible 
Once your faith is unshakable 
 
Possibility has always been my childhood girlfriend 
Met her the very first day the doctor told my mother to push as she labored 
Her eyes seduces me that I made love to her right there 
Even when impossibility approached me for a cheap sex 
 
Possibility was heavenly dressed 
When she won the beauty pageant at negativity end 
Even when faith was belittled and shaken 
In my calm voice I said peace be still 
 
Possibility is me 
It is the chain that binds you to me
If we can believe it 
Then for sure we will both achieve it

By: Peter Excel (@inhalerpjshey) 
©2016
 

SUPPORT PETER ONLINE!

Instagram: @inhalerpjshey

Email: iamrockpertel@gmail.com, 39strypes@gmail.com

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By far one of the strongest and kindest women on my Instagram CyberSquad she first caught my eye with this post:


Yessss my Sista! Yesss!”, I remember thinking. I felt like her post had described what I’d like to think about myself to a tee! Ah but there was more!

An American born writer and consultant of Haitian and Spanish descent; I soon learned Poet/Writer Nita Marentic has more than a way with words. Her style of poetry has a warmth to it that compels one to slowly digest her train of thought. One of my favorite pieces reads as follows:Nita makes you wanna really think about love. The more I got to know about her the more impressed I became. Fluent in both Portuguese and Italian, her love for the arts is inviting. 


In her own words…

Singing is my first love. Cooking is my superpower. Lol!

What is most rewarding for me are the services my sister and I provide for children with special needs, through her business. We advocate for them to get the education they need and deserve, custom fit for their needs. It changes their lives!

Bio

Nita Marenic attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she majored in Paralegal Studies and minored in Classical Voice.

Tapping into a hidden talent, Nita began outsourcing by using her writing skills to her advantage in various formats such as grant writing and writing proposals. In 2015, Nita was onboarded by the Durham Company where she served as a Magazine Editor. Nita has been published in several magazines with articles ranging in topics from editorials, interviews, creative writing to sports.

Though Nita occasionally freelances for a production company, her primary writing focus has been on her private collection of work…which can be found on her Instagram page. Nita’s mission is to continue to grow herself as a writer.

e Speaks…

Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and blessing the #WriterCrushWednesday series Nita!! Below are two pieces she’s written to share in this space! 


SUPPORT NITA ONLINE!

Contact Information: Nita Marentic

Email: nita.marentic@live.com

Instagram Username: @junoswisdom

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SELF SEEN



I saw your love

On the horizon 

Cautious as it

Headed my way

Soaring on wings

Once broken

Hovering whole

Empowering our 

Buried treasure laid

Bringing with you

A mirror and a mic

Reflecting my 

Self love anew

Unashamed thus 

Telling the world 

My restored 

Fragmented pieces

Were just the beginning

Of my completing you
 

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My ode to @disorderly.ramblings’ Self Love Challenge

This guy is my heart. I saw him across a crowded Instagram feed and have been a fan ever since! He caught my eye with this succinct and strong piece: 
Oh how he impressed me because we were total opposites and he had mastered the art of potent minimalistic storytelling. I wanted more. So much so that we collaborated on a unique piece:What an honor to work with such genius under control!

The more we got to know each other the more I learned that we both had a burden for suicide prevention, but from different angles. He is an attempt survivor and he courageously shared his story recently on Instagram! His new tattoo is an ode to Project Semicolon’s mission statement as well!


In his own words…

My name is Dustin Bethea. I was born & raised in South Arkansas. I grew up in a conservative household in which creativity wasn’t neither discouraged, nor was it encouraged. I knew from a young age I didn’t fit in. It didn’t phase me for many years. Upon a bit, I thought it was my {unannounced} sexual preference that made people treat me differently. That made me act differently. 
Moving away to college, just a few short hours from home, I was accepted in ways I didn’t know we’re possible. But I still had internal struggles that I was unable to identify. Without going into a years-long-internal-battle-story, I reached an all time low. Life didn’t seem like something I desired to continue anymore. I felt as if my time was up. I’d found love for the first time. I felt complete. It was then I decided the world was done with me. So I decided to end my life. I was, fortunately, unsuccessful. I started writing again while being detained in a psychiatric Ward where I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Suddenly, my life started making sense. As ironic as it may be to many outsiders, it was as moment of self realization. I found my voice again. My pen began bleeding out the negativity that had been locked inside of me for 24 years. To say that I am content with my life now would simply be a lie. What I can say truthfully, however, is that I feel like a human for the first time ever. My writing has given me that. 


Building a family of my own with no blood involved has been one of my greatest victories. Gaining my actual blood family back has been my second. Still being alive has been my third. Writing my life’s story in as few words as possible is an incredibly difficult task, but my hope is that you can actually see a piece of me & relate in some way.

e Speaks…

Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and kicking off this new #WriterCrushWednesday series Dustin!! Below are two pieces he’s written to share in this space! 

***TRIGGER WARNING RE: SURVIVING SUICIDE ATTEMPTS***


SUPPORT DUSTIN ONLINE!

• @dr_bethea (personal Instagram)

• @disorderly.ramblings (writers Instagram)

• Dustin Bethea (personal Facebook page)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

SUPER EXCITED!!! Tomorrow is the BIG day! The response has been overwhelming and I even handpicked a few of my CyberSquad favorites that I can’t wait for you to meet!

If you are just joining me on this journey, I’m a blogger/poet and this series is designed to introduce my blog audience to my Instagram Poet family! Their bios and background stories are POWERFUL!! Be sure to spread the word and invite a friend. 

Welcome new faces, all are welcome here! Scroll down & click SUBSCRIBE!🌹e


1/2/17
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