I am sorry that I haven’t kept up on my blogging. My bad. I’ve been really busy and life and poetry got in the way.
So what happened?
First, my fifth book a poetry won an award. I knew nothing about this contest and honestly when I entered, I didn’t think I would win. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has acknowledge my book ON LIFE as being the best e-book self published by an African-American author in 2017.
I was more than honored. Words can’t describe how it felt to be on that stage. I got to shake hands with Congressman John Lewis and I shared the limelight with some of the best young, black authors in the game.
I’ve been doing poetry for a long time. I take it seriously. This is the first time some entity other than friend or family has acknowledge my work. I felt like I got a hand up from the universe; like all my work, and embarrassments, were not in vain.
So now what? Well, I still have a novel to finish. But what I want to do is take my winnings and produce a better spoken word CD with my name on it. Though it is good, and honest, I’m not proud of the first one, and I need to take my time with novel.
So I am working part-time to build on what I have and make this next phase of the dream a reality. For, the first time in my life, I feel good about who I am, what I’ve done and at peace with the journey I am on.
I will blog more about my progress, and other things and folks as time allows. Until then, if you have not purchased a copy of ON LIFE, just look for it on my Amazon Author page, or Google me under my full name Jacqueline Nicole Harris. I even changed the cover to acknowledge the award. I’m sorry I couldn’t stay for the full BCALA conference. I wish I could have made more lasting connections. Still, what a time. What a time.