“Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you”

- Author Unknown  Continue reading

Pens Up Press receives the “One Lovely Blog” Award


I’m excited to announce that Pens Up Press has received a blog award: the One Lovely Blog Award!

I humbly thank Memoir Notes for nominating me! This award acknowledges up-and-coming bloggers who share their story, thoughts, or content in a beautiful manner that connects with their viewers and followers.


The guidelines for accepting the One Lovely Blog Award are: Thank 
the person who nominated you for the award, Add the One Lovely 
Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog, Share 7 facts or 
things about yourself, and Nominate 15 bloggers you admire 
and inform nominees by commenting on their blog. I will post my
 facts and list of recommended bloggers in the comments section.

Javon Johnson’s “Cuz He’s Black”

This is Javon Johnson performing at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. Video worth watching…

Check out more from Javon on Facebook (http://bit.ly/JavonFB) and Twitter (http://bit.ly/JavonTwitter)

Baby Books for Us. Mini Rant on the Lack of Books for Children of Color

Some of you have already heard me rant about the lack of children’s books by and for people of color so I will just do a short rant in this post now for those who don’t know the deal. I plan to build on this in the coming days so look out for baby book and children’s book recommendations later this week.

Mini Rant on Books by and for Children of Color…


Look at this baby. He doesn’t know who he is. He is lost in the world.

There are not enough of them! Our kids are growing up reading and seeing white characters everywhere Continue reading

3 Exercises for A Writer Who’s Stuck

Hello artists (and readers as well!), I recently sent this out as a personal email in response to a writer asking for advice. We can all use a boost sometimes so here it is! 3 great writing exercises to get you going when you feel stuck…

Photo on 10-20-14 at 10.15 AM #2Number #1: About Yourself Writing Exercise
by Judy Ireland

This is a very thoughtful exercise and is great because its super structured and very interesting, more than your typical writing prompt… Continue reading

Warrior Woman Taking Back Life and Removing Pain

African_American_women“This warrior woman is taking back her life,
taking back the respect that was taken from her
throughout the years ever so slow.
This warrior woman is removing pain and hurt from within the heart
caused by the knife,
from all those who are both family and foe.”

- Lady J-Ann

See more at: http://gem-vita.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspirational-quotes-for-women-and.html#sthash.KIrb55Vk.dpuf

Posted by Kristin Richardson Jordan, Pens Up Press