Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Season of Change: My Words My Truth…PPS Welcomes Aurora Harris and Five of the Most Brilliant Voices in Metro Area Literature Sept 1st

Ber-Henda Williams presents “My Words: How I Found My Truth!”  For September’s Poetry, Pages & Scribes series

Southfield, MI – When a woman can find her own voice and understand what power lies in that discovery; she has become a Siren. In Greek Myths, Sirens were either winged creatures or lived in the sea. The voice of the Siren was seductive and hypnotic. Ber-Henda Williams will be joined by six outstanding women writers and poets this month. This will be the prelude to Williams’ second installment of poetry, Siren Songs, a collection of poems centered on the exploration various myths, archetypes, and femlore. Poetic luminaries include: Noted scholar, educator, poet Aurora Harris, who has recently released her collection of poem entitled, Solitude of Five Black Suns, author and Poet, Monica Marie Jones, Dimonique Boyd, One Single Rose, Rhonda Welsh, and Louisa Fara’Moan. Not only are they speaking their “truth” but donating a portion of the proceeds they receive from book sales that night to area charities whom support women and girls in need.

“I believe that woman’s voice is her most powerful asset and as a member of a universal sisterhood, it is important that we uplift each other and what better way than with our words”, says Williams, Poetry, Pages and Scribes’ host and founder.  “These women have dedicated their lives to art of writing but have tied their hearts to community.”

The poets will be performing after the open mic session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1st, at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road.

Each woman has chosen a charity to support, they include: Compassion International, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, Project S.A.F.E. (Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment) H.I.S. Agency (Helping Individuals Succeed) and The Power of Girlhood. Each woman is intimately tied to each one of these organizations. Dimonique Boyd, is in support of Karmanos because, “When my mom had a breast cancer scare we were fortunate enough to go to the right place the first time. We weren’t as well informed as we should have been, and many women aren’t either, so I want to support awareness and research.”

Poetry, Pages and Scribes series, has done a number of charitable efforts in the past such as, Take Back the Night Ann Arbor, a silent art auction for Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, The Power of Girlhood, a forum for young women and girls and this October they will be at Lawrence Technical University for Gilda’s Club.

For more information about the Poetry, Pages & Scribes monthly series at the Southfield Public Library go to www.poetrypagescribes.org.


Poetry, Pages & Scribes is a monthly poetry series at the Southfield Public Library that provides an outlet for local talent throughout Metro Detroit to express themselves artistically through the spoken word or music, open mic style. In addition, each series features a headlined performance. Founded and hosted by author/poet, Ber-Henda Williams, and now celebrating its 5th Anniversary, participants gather the first Thursday of every month. The event begins at 6:30pm and is free of charge.

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