Meet Dr. K.E. Garland of http://www.kegarland.com! An incredible supporter of Authenticitee Speaks, Dr. Garland adds author to her resume with the upcoming release of her book, ‘The Unhappy Wife’.

A collection of fictionalized short stories based on true interactions, this wife of 20 years, professor and published writer has honed her craft with the intent of social change.

For more info, show her website some love and thank me later!

Much love,

e

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MEET KITT!

#WritersCrushWednesday

Thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of my biggest supporters and favorite writers, Kitt O’Malley! A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, living with bipolar disorder type II; Kitt has been on the frontline of Mental Health Advocacy for years. Recently published in Volume I of Stigma Fighters, Kitt is consistent in using her voice, platform and sphere of influence to empower the voice of others. Please show her some love🌷e

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Photo Credits Kitt O’Malley. No copyright infringement.

In my mind it was going to be a simple shout out. A hashtag of appreciation for an inspiration of mine. However every time I attempted to condense her Black Girl Magic, my unceasing awe for her pen and the impact she’s made on my life, I faltered.

That’s because Gina Phillip is uncontainable and ever evolving. She is atmosphere.


Even in her photos you can hear her speak. Her eyes ranging from joy, to sorrow coated pensivenes to serving notice that you’re walking in on a conversation already in progress.


Recently diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Gina’s unwavering zest for life continues amidst waves of pain, uncertainty and her insatiable curiosity with the “why’s” of life. Some years my junior, her wit and wisdom far exceed any generalities associated with her existence in the natural realm. 
Already a lover of the beach and all things naturally regal, a once casual swim has now become life giving water therapy for Gina. Her writing, still a weapon of choice has moved from observation to musings of life rivers untold.


On her award winning blog she describes herself as such:

” I am from the heart of the Caribbean, the isle of Antigua; that place you’ve never heard of, “where land and sea make beauty”. I am a daughter of the soil, steady in my foundation. I am a wing unfurled looking for direction. I am a dreamer, a wordsmith, a life in motion; a reminiscer by design but a realist by intervention. Free will or fate..there’s always a question, and within all things there is purpose, reason and even uncertainty. But life is an adventure, embrace the journey..”


My friend, singer/songwriter/poet Kamilah Cyree and I were talking yesterday about two of our favorite Instagram poets. Life in eminor and Gina. We both agreed that they were powerful women who allowed the layers of their lives to weave stories around our frame like very few we’d encountered in years.

But Gina, thanks to our pre-existing WordPress connection, had already taken up residence in my heart; incessantly reminding me by example, that broken wings can heal mid flight.

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Photo Credits Gina Phillip. No copyright infringement intended.

It’s not as though an invitation to “caption this” was noted beneath him in this hypnotic magnetic field masquerading as any other photo on his Instagram page. Nor were his heterochromia soaked eyes behind Canon lens, looking for anyone to co-sign per sé; and yet his work as a photographer, was potent enough to unlock ancient secrets and woo me to the mic, pen in hand.

This ladies and gentlemen, is photographer Damien Anderson.

Self described on his 500px Photography site as an “Urban Explorer and nature and art lover”, he has consistently demonstrated the oft underrated ability to tell a story without using words. Having only recently stumbled across Mr. Anderson’s work, it was very clear from the onset, all were welcome but one must needs discern the tangible presence carefully interwoven within each post.

If you keep listening to him speak, you’ll hear music but it won’t be the #1 Wu Tang Clan fan in him giving cadence to his beat. Instead his heart’s song has been captured strong and in love again, will make you believe…

  Unashamedly in awe with the work captured on his Instagram page, I asked his permission to use a few of his photos as backgrounds (as is customary with Instagram posts) for my poetry. He was kind enough to oblige and I have since posted the pieces on my Instagram poetry page. However the opening photo pictured above (and below) is the photo that sparked a revolution I cannot deny. As soon as I saw it, I immediately began writing and completed in 18 minutes, what has become one of my most favorite pieces of poetry in my arsenal; a piece entitled SMOKE ALARM.

It was a pleasure introducing you to one of the world’s best kept photography secrets, Mr. Damien Anderson. Here’s the poem I wrote inspired by his work. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we have in taking it. It is a raw example of how Art begats Art and if one remains humble, teachable and alert, inspiration will find you when least expected.

Out of respect for my poetic dismount, I’ll say my goodbyes now.
Love you to life…stay encouraged & inspired🌹e

SMOKE ALARM 


Your lips full

The sweetest of poisons 

Long before they blew 

Kisses and smoke


I hung on to your every word

Praying that my voice was heard

Above the noise of the construction you were under


I found myself reaching 

for you only to be stopped  

By the nouns you let in

That put asunder


I reach

You retreat

I want more

You ignore

You’re so distant and hard now

Like loving me is a chore


I’m fighting through the smoke 

Though it’s burning my eyes

I still crave your forked tongue 

Though its coated with lies


I’m tired of running after you

Already gone, though still here 

I’m weary

I’m restless

I’m done chasing air 



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Photo Credits: Damien Anderson. Used with permission. No copyright infringement intended.

Damien Anderson’s Work Can Be Found:

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/societys_introvert

500PX:

https://500px.com/halfadash