Stephen’s Sunday Chat 3/8/20: The One Where We Say Thank You to the Women of the Cafe in Honor of International Women’s Day with a Thank You to Toni Morrison

“How bleak, unlivable, insufferable existence becomes when we are deprived of artwork. That the life and work of writers facing peril must be protected is urgent, but along with that urgency we should remind ourselves that their absence, the choking off of a writer’s work, its cruel amputation, is of equal peril to us. The rescue we extend to them is a generosity to ourselves.” Toni Morrison in “Peril” the preface of The Source of Self Regard (p vii)

Today at the Cafe, we take a step back to do one simple thing: elevate the amazing women from around the world who have made and continue to make the Go Dog Go Cafe a very friendly place filled with warm, talented and inspiring people. That it is accessible to anyone who wants to be part of building a healthy and supportive writing community is because of them. Women make up half of the many like-minded souls who journey together through this life writing and finding their voice in the world. May we continue to hear them, listen to them, promote them as a generosity to ourselves.

About them, in no particular order… (well the order they are listed in the sidebar)

Beth Amanda at Midwest Fantasy Writes: I am finally trying to become a blogger–at least a poetry blogger for now. I have emotions, a heart, a soul, a brain, and words that never end. It’s time to put them out there. I am who I am and I like me. Hope you do too!

Donna Matthews at DJ Ranch: I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

Eugi at Poetry Palatte and Eugi’s Causerie: I enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for me to follow my dreams by doing things I enjoy…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, writing poetry and encouraging others to pursue their goals. My writing and creative endeavors can be found at my blogs, Eugi’s Causerie (And so it goes…) and PoetryPalette (Poetry, a seasonal state of mind), where I have gathered a following of kindred souls who share my passion for writing. I have authored Seasoned Delights, A Haiku Collection and Mama, me and Mother Nature. I am also a published author on Spillwords.

Gina at A Life Less Lived: Without a bio, she simply says… Trust you heart if the seas catch fire ~ e.e cummings

Linda at Charmed Chaos: Destiny, fate, written in the stars. Writer, poet, artist, dreamer of possibilities. Ardent chef and lover of red wine. Savoring life, one tasty morsel, and one luscious ruby-red filled glass at a time. Then: Former lifelong and grounded career person. Lived for my career and the next goal achieved. Now: I write, soaring on wings of a hopeful future, doing what I am most passionate about; living in the present and articulating my aha moments, my feelings, my wandering random thoughts in a way to touch the empty place in your heart, and fill it with emotions. One of my deepest pleasures is seeing the food I create with love appreciated for its meaning and significance. And as such, another is knowing that I have touched a memory or feeling with my words. They, my food and my words are my offerings to any and all who will appreciate them. Enjoy my musings on life, love, and linguine as I venture into this journey within. A journey long overdue.

Liyona at Life and Times of a Quirky Character: Although normally quite content to live amoungst the ordinary, Liyona tries to describe seemingly simple circumstances as major events. Past adventures of travel usually fill her thoughts and she can be found reading or conniving a plan to magically capture beauty into words.

Megha at Megha’s World: I’m the mother of a smart and energetic nine-year-old. I started expressing myself creatively since 2017. Since then I have been continuously inspired by events in my life which have helped me in penning my thoughts.

With a special shoutout to the Medusa Project follow this link to submit (Deadline April 24th).

Michele Vecchitto from Writing and Reflections: She is a writer and middle school teacher. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in two self-published volumes. Michele read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in When Time and Space Conspire. In addition, she recently published a young adult fantasy novel, Tales from Blarnach: The Chosen One. She continues to hone her craft simply to breathe life into the stories living in the corners of her mind. When she’s not lost in her writing, Michele can be found indulging in the cuisine of her husband, Chef Mark Vecchitto, or delighting in the antics of their quirky chocolate lab and two Ninja cats.

Tanya Cliff Storyteller • Dreamer • Survivor • Human: My pen is a mighty tool, cutting the page like my surgeon’s scalpel: first drafts, rewrites, content edits, line edits, whatever it takes to tell the story, or heal the body.

With a special shoutout to the new Writer’s Workshop she is hosting on Saturday’s… please join her and take her prompt “measure twice, cut once” to inspire a short story, 150-300 words long, fiction (any genre) or nonfiction allowed. Your response should be in first/second draft form. Don’t worry about putting that final polish on it. We will be working on it throughout the month.

Kristiana Reed at My Screaming Twenties: I write about love, lust, struggle, survival, fickle things, dreams and the stars. And anything in between. I released my debut collection of poetry and prose in May 2019, Between the Trees which is available to buy, below. I am currently working on my second collection.

Christine at Brave and Reckless and more than a few other places in the Writing Community: Ray is the author of the award-winning Composition of a Woman and The Myths of Girlhood. Her writing is also featured in SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology, We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art, Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, Swear to Me, and All the Lonely People.

With a special shout out to her Moon Ate the Dark prompt!

I also want to give a shoutout to a couple of our contributors who have graciously and generously given their work to advance what we are doing here at the Cafe: Sadje at Life After 50 For Women who adds to the Level UP and Barbara at Extraordinary Sunshine Weaver whose Podcasts we will feature here later this month as we remodel the page.

Thank you to all of these amazing women around the world. Allow them to inspire and encourage you as they do all of us here at the Cafe.

“A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity” Toni Morrison in “Peril” the preface of The Source of Self Regard (p ix)

36 thoughts on “Stephen’s Sunday Chat 3/8/20: The One Where We Say Thank You to the Women of the Cafe in Honor of International Women’s Day with a Thank You to Toni Morrison

  1. Pingback: Stephen’s Sunday Chat 3/8/20: The One Where We Say Thank You to the Women of the Cafe in Honor of International Women’s Day with a Thank You to Toni … | Fullbeard Lit

  2. What an inspiring team! I owe a great deal to them, and the entire team, at Go Dog Go Cafe and these writers’ sites. I feel that my work and vision as a poet and writer is ‘seen’ and supported by all of you. It’s scary to step out with heart- felt work. However, because of the encouragement I have felt here and at all your team’s sites, I am able to dig deeper and take greater risks, like my poetry podcast. I’m so grateful to all the strong women here and to you as well, Stephen, for upholding their visions.

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    • 🤓🙏🙏🙏🤓 thank you Barbara for joining us and being a part of our journey. Together we are all finding that generosity of ourselves to give and making one another’s world a better place. 🤓🙏🙏🙏🤓

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