Thank you to the Cross Cultural Center at Cal State Los Angeles for allowing me to share my artistic journey with writing my novel, The Town Dance. I was pleased to meet with the students and encourage all the writers in the room.
As I discussed while I was there, as a writer, it is imperative to maintain an active bibliography. Reading is the BEST writing prompt to keep you active. Your bibliography should keep you abreast of the writers in your genre and in tune with what your audience is interested in. Keep in mind, it does not have to be novels you are reading. It can be a book of poetry, your favorite magazine or reading through your favorite blog.
In regards to our conversation today, I want to share more of the books and authors that were vital resources and tools as I wrote The Town Dance and some literary works I re-visit to study for my writing journey:
Absolutely anything by SONIA SANCHEZ, BELL HOOKS
“Homeade Love” by J. California Cooper
“In Search of Our Mother’s Garden by Alice Walker
“Black Feminist Thought” by Patricia Ann Collins
“Salt” by Nayyirah Waheed
“But Some of Us Are Brave: All The Women are White, All the Blacks are Men; Black Women’s Studies by Aksasha Gloria Hall
In addition, the organizations I referenced were RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and SAFER (Students Active For Ending Rape).
If you weren’t able to pick up a copy of The Town Dance you can do so here 🙂 Thank you again and keep reading and writing!
Speak on Love,