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I glowed in this particular locale; the home of my mother's best friend; they met when they were 11 years old!


Background Information

I was fortunate to have been raised by a self-declared "sixties Mama," which meant we had copies of Bernie Casey's book of poems, "Look At The People," and Roberta Flack, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Bob Dylan or The Dells could be heard coming from the stereo in our house.

My mother was revolutionary in that when my oldest brother moved out she informed me, quite casually, as though it were obvious, that no, she would not be expecting me to do the housework; why would she assign me a task she did not want to do herself? She was working as a school nurse then and calmly declared that when we could afford it, we would have someone clean FOR us.

I loved her in a very special way after that. And I do not iron to this day.

Ours was a literate house; the only room in our three-bedroom spanish style without books was the bathroom. Heaven forbid they get wet!

There were the requisite nursery rhymes which were read to me so often I memorized them. I progressed to Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, quickly leaving boring Nancy for far more tantalizing and troubled Sherlock Holmes. As an adult my taste runs toward Jonathan Kellerman; I love that the killer is usually very, very rich and very white.

Although white is not automatically reprehensible. There are only two authors whose books I will buy simply because their name is on the spine: Toni Cade Bambara and Kate Braverman. Toni and I are spiritual cousins, I'm convinced, as any paired reading of THE SALT EATERS and my collection of stories, THE JOURNEY might convince you. Kate, that (white) L.A. wonder, understands density, profundity, the thickness and weight of L.A. air. Her work is often depressing (or used to be), but it is so thick and deep and dense and wet that you don't care.

Now if you want to talk about guilty pleasures, here I have to put that woefully arrogant and trying so hard to be English St. Louisian T. S. Eliot. I love Eliot most when he is unhappy because he turns his angst and grief and suffering into the highest, not at all stringent or sentimental, art. Much like Kate. Do you begin to see a trend here?

Now of the saner, happier of those out there scribbling, how could I not list Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and John Edgar Wideman? Both should go down in literary history for THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR (the vastness, the scope!) and THE BLUEST EYE (a more honest and ornate literary work does not exist). Wideman's DAMBALLAH is, as far as I am concerned, unjustly ignored, and his HOOP ROOTS made me salivate at the prospect of buying a book on street basketball. I was raised on the NFL.   

Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA USA
Accomplishments

Second Place, GreenFest Philly EcoPoetry Competition, September 2008.

Contributor to Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, edited by DuEwa Frazier, LitNoire Publishing, an NAACP Image Award nominee, February 2007.

Leeway Foundation Art and Social Change Grant recipient, June 2006, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Contributor to My Soul to His Spirit – Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers, edited by Melda Beaty, SoulDictates Publishing, winner of Fresh Voices Award 2006, African-American Studies category, Writer’s Marketing Association.

Third Place – First Person Festival Writing Contest sponsored by the Philadelphia City Paper, June 2005.

Honorable Mention – Non-Rhyming Poetry Category, Writer’s Digest 2004 Writing Competition.

Who’s Who In America 2004, 58th edition.

Honorable Mention - Rhyming Poem Category, Writer’s Digest 2000 Writing Competition.

Contact Information
Blowing Up Barriers Enterprises
235 E. Broadway Suite 800
Long Beach CA 90802   United States
Contact Author: Dr. Niama L. J. Williams
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Dr. Ni's Books
13 self-published titles on Lulu.com: six memoir/novels, six collections of poetry, and my dissertation on the work of poet and memoirist Toi Derricotte.

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Poetry & Prose & Anything Goes with Dr. Ni
A talk show on which I interview authors about their latest publications or on which I read my own work when I have no live guest. Currently on hiatus.

Dr. Ni on Facebook
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