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Hi <<First Name>>,

I’ve had a busy month. But let’s face it—I’m always busy! Friends ask where I get the energy to share poetry with live audiences, teach college classes, present my art at exhibitions, and hold down a 9-5 job, not to mention being a mother. “Surely some things can wait?” they say.

Wait? Wait for what?

Look—burnout is never, ever what you want, but being organized and having a vision, and a plan, is what gets you from A to B. The time passes anyway. I talked about this, and how your art can literally save people’s lives, on my recent Artists Forum interview. I shared some poems in the studio too. The segment featuring me and my buddy JP Howard, an award-winning poet, will air in January 2018.

I’ve also been working hard prepping for the release of my third and fourth poetry collections in 2018 and 2019 respectively (more info on that soon!), and creating a digital space to consolidate and showcase my 20+ years of storytelling work, in all its various incarnations. Hey, if you don’t toot your own horn, why should anyone else? You can see the story of my career in my new media kit on keishagaye.ink (shout out to my wonderful assistant Jeaneen Thomas for putting that together!!). Who knows where our worlds might intersect, or how we can work together in the future? So take a look around the site and tell me your thoughts. “Iron sharpen iron,” as my Caribbean folks say.

I had another fun TV moment a few weeks ago for a very worthy cause. I was invited to appear on the Harry Conick Jr. show to talk with medical experts about advocating for your loved ones living with breast cancer. This one hits close to home for me, unfortunately, as longtime friends and loved ones have been impacted by this disease. But Harry was so warm, charming, and welcoming that he made the topic easier to tackle. I also got to visit my old stomping grounds in the CBS building, where Harry tapes and where I spent the early part of my career working in TV production. Great memories.

As part of my own work to support breast cancer awareness, I take part in the annual Pink Speak breast cancer poetry reading and fundraiser hosted by Inspired Word. This is my third year doing it and each time is better than the last. Please consider donating to the Pink Daisy Project. All proceeds from Pink Speak go there. Every little bit helps.

So, as I said, it’s been a busy and productive month. I can’t wait to share more news about my forthcoming book projects, once I’ve finalized a few details with my publishers. For now, have a listen to one of the poems from the collection and tell me what you think!

Have an art-filled, productive month, and remember that the only time is right now. Take concrete steps toward bringing your most cherished dreams into the world. Persistence over resistance. The world needs your brilliance.


Peace & Blessings,

Keisha
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