Visions of Black Life: An Outstanding Collection of Short Stories and Poetry, Volume 3
Book Description (Annotation)
First full-color VBL showcases prizewinning short stories, poetry, and essays for adults and teenagers. VBL Volume 3 Supplement has insightful book reviews. Includes the work of six contributors: “Blanket State” and “A Pendulum Swings from the Pit” (Paul Lomax), “Painted Water” and “Black Mother Cries” (Evelyn Dilworth-Williams), “22 White Doves” (Matthew P. Requa), “For Three Minutes the Spotlight is Mine” (Cierra M. Robinson), “For You” and “Work” (Deanne Jordan), “Operation Crossroads Africa to Liberia” a tribute to the non-profit organization for its 50th anniversary (Carolyn C. Williams).
Paul Lomax is a native of Washington, DC. An academic addict who more often than not opens with P-Q4, writes more poetry than fiction, reads more fiction and non-fiction than poetry, he finds simplicity as the greatest panacea, ever.
Evelyn Dilworth-Williams, Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
in Birmingham, Alabama, is a poet, author, and motivational speaker. She is also a certified secondary teacher, guidance counselor, and master facilitator of parenting education. She received her B.A. in sociology from Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. She received an M.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate School of Education in guidance and counseling. She has additional studies in family counseling and also is a certified parenting facilitator by Active Parenting Publishers of Atlanta, Georgia. Dilworth-Williams’s poetry is one of many counseling techniques that she uses with her students and their parents.
|Matthew P. Requa|
|Matthew P. Requa has been a resident of Binghamton, NY all of his life and has been writing poetry and short fiction since a very young age. In 1999, after two wonderful years, he completed his bachelors degree in English from Binghamton University, the same place where he was inspired to write this poem on a breezy day in late August of 2002. Matthew thanks the late Aaliyah, the muse for his poem who still continues to inspire me. Most importantly, I he thanks his parents, family, and friends for all their love, encouragement and prayers; he would not be here without them.|
|Cierra M. Robinson|
Cierra has been writing since she was in 7th grade. She says it’s funny though because her love for this art started backwards. She used to dread writing. Cierra began spoken word or performance poetry in the 10th grade. When she went to her first poetry slam she was shocked. She didn’t understand the power of the human language just yet. From then on her writing evolved and would never quit.
|Deanne Jordan graduated from Mansfield High School in the spring of 2006 and was attending Lesley University to study and pursue a career in counseling and non profit management at the time of publication. She has always had a heart for children and is particularly concerned with the plight of the child soldiers in Northern Uganda. Deanne enjoys writing, listening to music, laughing with friends, playing volleyball, studying film, dancing hula, and walking through Harvard Square in Cambridge Mass.|
|Presents two book reviews: George Klay Kieh Jr., “A Political Scientist’s View of The Beggar’s Pursuit.” Konia T. Kohlellon, “Book Review: Ethnic Tensions in Liberia’s National Identity Crisis.|