I’m super excited and a little bit nervous today, almost giddy. I can check off a bucket list goal. Thanks to Joyce Sweeney, literary agent with The Seymour Literary Agency, I’m an agented author. The Seymour Agency’s new website is up, and I’m listed as one of the authors. How official is that, friends?
If that isn’t exciting enough, I’m leading a meeting of the Florida Writers Foundation (FWF) at 4:30 this afternoon. The goal of the FWF is to promote literacy. One way we do that is to provide grants for worthwhile programs. We support school and library projects by providing funds. I’m hoping to make a difference in our world through literacy. Reading makes people more empathetic.
When invited to speak at schools and conferences and asked why I write, I frequently say, “I write to right.” Injustice, especially in the form of racism, classism, and sexism, ignites the fire within me.
When I was in fifth grade, I witnessed a teacher treating a poor classmate unfairly. I went home and complained to my father. He said, “Life isn’t fair. If you don’t accept that, you’re going to spend a lot of time pounding your head against a wall.”
Dad was right. I’ve spent much of my life trying to make life fair. As a teacher, I tried to treat all students fairly and protest against those who didn’t. Currently, my poetry deals with social issues because all Americans deserve the best America has to offer. I refuse to accept injustice and shall continue to fight it by telling the best story I can without preaching, but with a spotlight on righting wrongs.
Click on this link to learn more about Joyce Sweeney and the Seymour Agency and to see my bio:
Thank you for reading my blog. What will you do to make a difference this week?