This month's author talk is a double feature with Emily Paige Wilson and Munazza Abraham!
Wilmington's own Emily Paige Wilson! Wilson is a UNCW MFA alumni and the author of "I’ll Build Us a Home" (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She has received nominations for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in The Adroit Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, PANK, and Thrush, among others. Visit her website at https://www.emilypaigewilson.com/.
Munazza Saalim Abraham is a poet, scientist, and tireless advocate for underserved populations. Munazza uses her writing and her voice as an author and spoken word poet. With pen, volume, and hunger for actual justice, Munazza felt at home in the nonprofit field for the past 5 years. In prior occupations and even as an Employment Counselor at StepUp Wilmington, Munazza has had the pleasure of developing and facilitating empowerment sessions that focused on self-affirmations, prose, and poetry that enable individuals to claim their strength and claim their success. Starting this Fall 2018, Munazza will continue utilizing the arts as an organizing tool that empowers and heals communities through research at the University of Baltimore Maryland (UMBC) as a Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. student. With the arts at the center of it all, Munazza's UMBC research interests include developing and evaluating restorative justice and community empowerment models with a focus on low income and previously/currently incarcerated individuals.
Book: Dear Vagina… Forgive Me, is Munazza's first self-published chapbook! It is a collection of 17 poems, monologues, and confessions. "I welcome you to my raw, my ugly, and my “too real”, where I’m sure you’ll feel at home and begin to heal with me. Our minds are powerful beyond our minds’ belief." In Dear Vagina... Forgive Me, Munazza acknowledges that notion with a journey from self-depletion to self-discovery.
*It is available on Amazon.com (paperback or Kindle), Amazon Europe; soon to be distributed to select bookstores, online retailers, libraries, academic institutions, and CreateSpace Direct. https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Vagina-Forgive-Confessions-cleansing/dp/1717359787/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1527127166&sr=8-1