Songs In Search Of A Voice, my debut collection of poetry, was released in 2006. The book quickly amassed considerable critical acclaim and became an international sensation, selling more than 20,000 copies in less than six months. Touching on such topics as police brutality, domestic violence (DV), child abuse, and the divisive racial legacy of America, Songs In Search Of A Voice continues to connect with and empower readers from various backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures.
I first discovered my daughter Hannah's innate poetic talent after having her write some of her own poetry in 2016, when she was only 12. I know all parents think their kids are undiscovered geniuses, but Hannah really has a keenly observant eye, as well as an uncanny ability to communicate things from a unique perspective...in other words, she's a natural poet.
It took some convincing, but I finally persuaded her to share her poetic talents in book format; however, she agreed to do it only if I wrote the book with her. So, after a year of working together on it, the proud end result of our collaboration is #snapshot.
Putting together All The Black Faces has been a labor of love. I first conceived of this collection in 2018, but I wasn't quite sure which direction I wanted to take with it. All I knew was, I wanted to compose a definitive poetic account of the entirety of the Black experience in America...no sweat, right?
I've worked steadily on All The Black Faces for a couple years now, and I'm finally hitting my stride. So, I can't wait to release it soon and share it with the world.
As far as the release date for a collection like this: you can't go wrong with Black History Month.
Official Release Date: October 1, 2021
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