An Urban Word from the Editor

Well, hello readers.  I’m sorry for the delay.  Spring has sprung and we are all well into National Poetry Month.

So what have I been doing?

Well, I got a day job to hopefully get this magazine off the ground.  A hard and thankless (yet strangely fulfilling) day job that just fell through today.  I am not deterred, I am not dismayed, I’ve been let go before.

This vision I have for URBAN WORD MAGAZINE will happen.  Online and in print.  It is a promise I am only making to myself.

In other news:

I have been writing and self publishing poetry and short fiction since 1999.  This month I found out that my hard work has paid off.  My 5th book of poetry, ON LIFE, has been selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as the winner of the best Ebook for Poetry written by an African American author for 2017.


And now I must fly to Atlanta, GA in August and accept this prestigious award.  And since I now have no job to hinder my time, I get to finish my novel.  So, I guess, after everything, I’m in a full speed ahead win-win situation.

I am not going to quit.  I am going keep going.  Writing saved my life once.  Maybe it can save my dreams.  Stay Tuned.

Editor in Chief

Jacqueline Nicole Harris


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