In honor of the beautiful current current of (ever more excellent) materials surfacing about race and whiteness I decided to write about and share the moment I consider the beginning of my real grappling with race, whiteness, and racism. In 2004 I was working for Changemakers, a progressive philanthropy organization in San Francisco (one of… Read More Formative Texts: White Like Me
Into the forest. With animal companion. No phones allowed.
I tell folks to reckon with an absolute minimum of 18 months from inception to birth of a nonfiction book or memoir. Better to plan for two years if you want to make it solid. Note that this is based on working with traditional publishers, who (still) require at least 6 months after the manuscript… Read More Congrats to Storia grad Naomi Ryland!
It wasn’t even that long ago that Edgar compared the working draft of Decolonizing Wealth to “all the meatloaf ingredients in the bowl but not a uniform consistency yet.” We got there, love, and it’s been an incredible honor and SO.MUCH.FUN. to birth this bookbaby with you. Let’s hope the world of wealth is ready… Read More Happy Birthday Decolonizing Wealth!
There’s a new piece in the UK Guardian about “book doulas.” Is this a thing or is a marketing gimmick, the piece asks, and the internet being what it is, the skeptics are out in force. Ten years ago I left my day-job as a Communications Director for non-profits and dove into the challenge of… Read More Snarky Press
Alongside her work as a facilitator, futurist, and author, adrienne maree brown (about whom I wrote more here) is also a birth doula, for babies. In Emergent Strategy she writes: Birthwork teaches us to engage tension, but not to indulge drama. It is another form of facilitation, making the miraculous experience of birth as easy… Read More Doula Shoptalk
Late to the party… Still, I thought I’d share this bit from the book that “everyone” was reading last year, seeing as it relates to my work in the world: How did Homo sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold [150 individuals], eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds… Read More Storytelling in Sapiens
How lovely to hear that this Book Doula-assisted baby has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring the power of the written word to promote peace. In their words: “Find Me Unafraid is a protest anthem cloaked in a love song.” It was nominated alongside Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates!… Read More Literary Peace Prize Nominee
It has been an incredible honor to play a small role in birthing this story of love and triumph by Kennedy Odede & Jessica Posner Odede. This baby arrives October 13, 2015, but can be pre-ordered today. Hint, hint.
This baby will arrive in bookstores in 2 weeks’ time. In the meantime, you can PRE-ORDER it in your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store. Pre-orders help make this book a success, and I will be eternally grateful for yours!