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Elissa Gabrielle
www.ElissaGabrielle.com

Elissa Gabrielle...Author, Publisher, Poet, & Visionary is the author of two poetry books and three novels.
We first met this incredible talent with her debut collection of strong and moving verse, Stand and Be Counted. Focusing on themes of love, race, religion, inspiration and society, Elissa Gabrielle has put together a collection of inspirational poetry geared toward positive change that is both moving and entertaining. Through insightful visions and strong declarations, Gabrielle instills confidence in readers as she illuminates the path to a more self-rewarding and gratifying life.
Utilizing the resurgence of her desire to write and "a God given talent that wouldn't go away,” Elissa Gabrielle was inspired to pen Peace In The Storm, which has testimonials from some of the entertainment industry's finest. Peace In The Storm came to Gabrielle while reflecting real life experiences, both her own and from the lives of others.
Elissa is the Creator and CEO of Greetings From the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection which is a greeting card line that features poignant messages and heartfelt poetry and themes. Find out more at www.greetingsfromthesoul.com.
Elissa has graced the covers of Disilgold Soul Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine and Conversations Magazine.
Gabrielle is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and also holds a degree in Communications, and a certificate in Business from Tulane University. Gabrielle is a member of NABFEME, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, a professional empowerment, networking and support base for African American women in radio, recorded music, the media, and related entertainment industry fields.
Elissa Gabrielle is the Media Consultant for both First Bethel Baptist Church and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Newark & Vicinity in Newark, New Jersey.

Jessica Tilles
www.JessicaTilles.com

Jessica Tilles, A native of Washington, DC, is the best-selling author of Anything Goes, In My Sisters' Corner, Apple Tree, Sweet Revenge, and Fatal Desire, Unfinished Business and editor of Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage. Tilles is co-creator of J.T.'s Book Corner, contributing writer for Black Men In America.com and staff writer for Awareness Magazine (AMAG! Online). Her writing can be seen in Black Romance magazine and on Sexuality and Erotica. She has been featured in Booking Matters magazine, The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, and on Black Men In America.

Jarold Imes
www.holdonbestrong.com

Jarold Imes is the author of the Hold On Be Strong Teen Series; a young adult and mature teen series that focuses on social issues that young black men face. Jarold currently serves as the Editor of OurTeenVoices.com, a newsmagazine promoting and interviewing authors of young adult and mature teen titles for African American teens. He anticipates the release of his first Christian fiction title in 2008. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Lorraine Elzia
www.EssentiallyWoman.com

Lorraine Elzia is a paralegal, literary artist, editor and author. She has published pieces in two of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Anthologies; The Katrina Anthology, Surfacing...Phenomenal Women on Passion, Politics and Purpose; and Gumbo for the Soul. She is Co-Moderator of Essentially Women Writing Group, www.essentiallywoman.com, and Co-Owner of Eve’s Literary Services www.evesliteraryservice.com. Lorraine has always had an admiration for both the spoken and written word. That love affair coupled with an addictive need to express herself, gave birth to a compulsion to write, which is a gift she is constantly nurturing. Contact Lorraine via email at lorraineszone@gmail.com.

Keshia Dawn
www.keshiadawnwrites.com

Keshia Dawn is the author of By the Grace of God, a new thought-provoking Christian novel slated for release under Urban Books' Urban Christian imprint in July 2008. Previously self-published in 2003 with the same title, Keshia won Sormag's 2003 Short Story of the Year with her short story, I Do. Adding her literature, Stroke of Purpose to the anthology, The Triumph of My Soul, has returned Keshia to her first love. July 2008 will mark the touring date for Keshia as she is one of the founders of, Literarily Saved www.literarilysavedontour.com, a Christian tour that is composed of other Christian authors.

Fon James
www.FonJames.com

Fon James, a new and upcoming author, recently penned her first Christian Fiction novel, Back and Forth: a fresh young adult novel that taps into the collegiate world (November 2007 - Tucker House Publishing).
As a former journalist and freelance writer, Fon's full-name byline has appeared in numerous daily newspapers and publications including: The Houston Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Westchase Today. She served as writer/editor for Intele-Card News, and H Texas Magazine. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Jackson State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Fon resides in Houston, TX with her husband. She’s an active member of The Fort Bend Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13.

Jaqueline Moore
www.VirtuousLiving.com

Jacqueline Moore is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in religion at Liberty University and offers spiritual words of encouragement daily on her website www.virtuousliving.com, and on her myspace page www.myspace.com/mamajacq. She and her two sons, James and Joseph reside in Detroit, Michigan.
Jackie is a Christian writer of non-fiction and fiction. She is currently working on a complication of her devotionals and has written a non­fiction book on "Virtuous Women" from which she has developed a workshop/seminar. Jackie is also a staff writer for Bahiyah Magazine, The Blessed Room Magazine, and is a contributing author to several anthologies.

Allyson Deese
www.myspace.com/allysondeese

Allyson Deese is an author, poet as well as a student majoring in Medical Office Administration who resides in North Carolina. The talented twenty-two year old has been writing poetry for most of her life. Her unique blend of poetry, and real life circumstance set along an inspirational backdrop inspired Allyson to pen her poetry into the pages of her fictional stories of multiple genres. "Discovering the Joy Within" is the author's first work of fiction to be published.

Ebonee Monique
www.myspace.com/eboneemonique

Ebonee Monique is a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University. The Tampa, Florida native started writing early in life. A hardcore entertainment and music enthusiast, Ebonee Monique has dubbed herself “The 80’s baby authoress.” Inspired by many authors, including the late BeBe Moore Campbell, mentor Sheneska Jackson and her late grandmother poet Margaret Naomi Curle, Ebonee Monique definitely has the passion and drive to succeed in doing what she loves: writing. Ebonee Monique currently lives in Tallahassee, FL with her dog, Sophie, and she’s just finished her first full-length fiction novel, titled, Suicide Diaries.

Kim Robinson
www.Kim-Robinson.com

Kim Robinson is confident that her writing will be a catalyst to help souls who are in negative downward spirals. Born and raised in Compton, California, Kim Robinson did what she had to survive. After a long and intense journey, she now resides in a suburb of Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. Kim speaks to abused woman and children in churches across the country letting others know that they can change their lives as she has done.
She is the author of her ancestor’s history, The Roux in the Gumbo and has two cookbooks featuring over two hundred authors; Food for the Soul and Sweet Satisfaction.
Her next book is based on her own life story, entitled, Street Life to Housewife.

Linda Wattley
www.LindaWattley.com

Linda Wattley is a published writer who began her first work of art with poetry. The poem, "I Wish" appeared in the Poetry Gems of the American Poets Society. For over twelve years she had her own religious/philosophical column in the Frosted Illustrated Newspaper titled:
The Best Will Show Themselves. In her weekly column, Wattley shared a unique voice revealing her understanding of the heart of God. Heading into her thirteenth year of writing, she realized God had imparted a message to her that she must share with the world. In the beginning, this message was founded on love and God's desire that His people knew Him individually and wholeheartedly. Linda Wattley's heartfelt desire is to use her gifts and talents to assist in the healing process of victims who have experienced all forms of abuse. She is presenting The Healing Trilogy: Something about an Angel, Deeper than Love and This Thing Called Love. This series is for those who have been abused and those who love them and would like to understand the soulful altering experience. She has also poured her heart into two self-help books that promises to bless the hearts and minds of readers who seek spiritual renewal and understanding of the heart and mind of God. LAST DAY OF VICTIMIZATION is a tool for every living soul facing the evils of the world as innocent victims. I KNOW MIXED SIGNALS reveals the truth about molestation and the secrets about it the world does not want us to know.

Bill Holmes
www.BillHolmes.com

Bill Holmes, an Award-winning, ESSENCE Best-Selling author is an artist who has dared to dream in the face of adversity while recognizing the divine nature of life and its infinite possibilities. As a respected poet, writer and author on the Philadelphia spoken-word scene, Bill has touched many souls through his creative endeavors by striving towards excellence in everything he does. His performances have captivated many audiences through his unique style of humor, insight, spirituality, pride, and most importantly, love and appreciation of a woman. By no means is Bill afraid "to keep it real when expressing the importance of self-love." He is also the author of the ESSENCE best-selling fiction novel, One Love, the full-length poetry book Straight From My Heart, and the spoken word CD, The Air I Breathe. Bill has been featured and has performed at various poetry venues from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, opening for artists such as the Last Poets and award-winning jazz musician Roy Ayers. His work has been published and featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, ESSENCE Magazine, and the anthology Journey Into My Brother’s Soul. He is also a contributing writer and poet for the forthcoming anthologies Step Up To The Mic: A Poetic Explosion and The Triumph of My Soul.
In April 2007, Bill received the 2007 Alternative Soul Award for Best Novel for his debut novel, One Love.

Linda R. Herman
www.myspace.com/linherman

Linda R. Herman is a new author on the scene. She's an avid reader who finally tested her writing skills in 2005 when she decided to enter Chapter 1 of her unpublished novel into the Black Expressions annual fiction writing contest. To Linda's surprise, she won first place honors for her work, Cost of Our Affairs. It was then that the 911 dispatcher decided to pursue her career as a writer. Linda is the mother of two and has been married for nine years. Linda has been signed by Xpress Yourself Publishing and will release her first novella in 2008.

Cheryl Donovan
www.avirtuouswoman-31.org

Cheryl Lacey-Donovan is an author, educator, and inspirational speaker. Her first book, Women What the Hell are You Thinking: An Inspirational Guide to Becoming a Virtuous Woman of God was released on May 1, 2007. The book remained in Amazon’s top 10 hot new releases during the entire first two months of its release. Cheryl is also the host of “Worth More Than Rubies” an internet radio talk show that airs on redchurchradio.com each Friday from 11:00am – 12:00 CST. She has been a mentor for Christian Women Today for one year and is the founder of A Virtuous Woman-31.

Agnes B. Levine

Agnes B. Levine, is a fresh new author from Maryland. Her unique collection of work, “Cooling Well Water: A Collection of Work From An African-American Bi-Polar Woman” is planned for a Spring 2008 release and promises to keep readers spiritually rejuvenated. Agnes is also a playwright, screenwriter, poet, and has been published in the Eintouist e-zine; a poem, “Res Ispo” and short essay in the Do-It-Yourself Publishing e-zine; “I Write Because...;” Agnes maintains a webpage in the www.authorsden.com. To be placed on the mailing list for the release of her first book, please e-mail Agnes at agnesblevine@aol.com and put Cooling Well Water in the subject line.

Dike Okoro
http://msupress.msu.edu/

Dike Okoro teaches African American literature and writing courses at Olive Harvey College, Chicago. He is a Sam Walton Fellow with Students In Free Enterprise (USA) at the same institution. Okoro received the MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. Widely anthologized, his book reviews, essays, poems, and interviews have appeared in Black Issues Book Review, Quarterly Black Review, Drum Voices Revue, Chimurenga, Sentinel (UK), Afrique, and Washington Square Review. His book of poems, Dance of the Heart, is forthcoming (MSU Press, 2007). He is also a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Casche Russell
www.myspace.com/romanticgoddess

Casche Russell is a native of Redford, Michigan. She is a poetic author who writes from her own personal experiences in life. Through all the personal pain she has endured, this author is still standing. She has taken to the pen and turned her pain into poetic prose. Casche a wife and mother, is busy composing her first book of poetry, which she hopes to have published very soon. She credits her desire to succeed to God above, her late grandmother, her husband and kids, and her guardian angel, Daizhjon, the son she lost to domestic violence. He inspired her short story, "Breaking the Chains of Abuse."

 
 

 

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