Baraka Filled Poetry: Unicorn Press

I am deeply honored to share the story of Unicorn Press, a small independent poetry press that is a legend in America’s literary culture. _____________________ Coffee Shop, Greensboro, North Carolina: He always arrived by bike, and he sat in one particular seat that I came to know as “that guy’s spot.” He carried peculiar tools […]

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WORDSOMNIA APRIL 4TH

I’m participating in a 24 hour reading event at Scuppernong Books, WORDSOMNIA, April 3-4, 2015. My time slot is 9 am, April 4th, where I’ll read original work. If you are in the area, drop by for morning coffee and a little bit of Deonna in your cup.

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A Woman Of Size

Recently, I heard a phrase that I adore: Woman of Size. I love that idea. It goes beyond the politics of the”fat” label, which still stings no matter how feminists positively co-opt the word. How lovely it is to say: “I am a woman of size. I contain multitudes. I encompass girths of greatness.” I […]

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Compassion and Love

Lately, life is busy but merry. I have two recently published essays that I’d love to share. The first, “The Other Side of My Window,” is about how little acts of kindness in everyday practice makes for peace. The essay was written for the Patheos Public Square Best Practices for Peace in 2015. I’m honored to […]

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Random Thoughts #2

#Ferguson It has been on my mind. I know the narratives are more complex than what the media provides. I am troubled by how the current discussion around race is shaped: People of Color are worried about their lives. White people are worried about property. A lot of white people just don’t get it. This […]

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