After a decade of being a “transient” in her home state, Massachusetts creative writer and Hidden Charm Press publisher Mignon Ariel King unknowingly begins an “Epic Couch Surf” in August, 2019. A year of homelessness later, King is middle-aged and single in the big city during a world crisis. See how this third-generation New Englander keeps hanging in there and keeps her sense of humor.
On days like this, being a publisher is a terrible job. I clearly remember the day I first read Margie Shaheed’s submission to the HCP poetry chapbook contest, which she won. Her words were energetic, smart, and funny–and eventually I found out just how well they represented her personality. I was proud to publish her work and felt lucky to call her a friend. I looked forward to the coming years, getting to be closer friends despite the geographic distance between our homes. But that was not meant to be. Goodbye, Sister Margie. I miss you already.
Margie featured at the Stone Soup Poetry series in Cambridge, MA. She made a new room full of fans. The terms electric and dynamic were made for her.
[photo by chad parenteau]
Extra MoJo! #2, a print anthology of 14 Black women’s poetry and flash memoir) is now available on Amazon!
Thank you to the contributing writers for their patience and support as the publication date was delayed for a few months.
Cover image: “Maya” (photograph) © 2015 Patricia Wallace Jones
Writers: Cherrell Bates * Anna K. Betts * Atlas Brown * Featured Writer Marcie Eanes * Rekaya Gibson * Meredith King * Diane L. Lewis * Lynda McLellan * April V. Parker * Helen Patmon * Brittany Rogers * Reena Walker * Robin G. White
Extra MoJo! (HCP, 2013) is also currently available on Amazon.
Scroll down a couple of posts to the cover image and link.
[Updated October 7, 2016]
Playground: poems by Margie Shaheed
In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children’s rhymes and references to toys and games. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming.
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!
Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Mosaic (NightBallet Press, 2013) and Onomatopoeia (NightBallet Press, 2015). Her work has also appeared in print journals including Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias, The Mom Egg Review, and Blackberry as well as online at TimBookTu and Femficatio.
The memoir of a 50-year-old Black American woman who survived the ideological race, class, and gender wars in academe in the ’90s! The narrative explains how Ms. King transformed from a former English instructor into a language artist and small-press publisher. Good for her…but what about the following generations of girls?
Available on Amazon
New small press for Black women’s poetry and flash memoir (or social commentary)!
This is the sister press of MoJo! –an online literary magazine.