January 13, 2017

✉ Fwd: 2017: i am running into a new year

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Glory Edim <glory.edim@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Subject: 2017: i am running into a new year
To: TinyLetter Forwards <fwds@tinyletter.com>

 i am running into a new year 

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that I catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what I said to myself
about myself
when I was sixteen and
twenty-six and thirty-six
even forty-six but
i am running into a new year
and I beg what I love and
i leave to forgive me

—Lucille Clifton
published in Good Woman: Poems and A Memoir 1969-1980

When asked "Why do you write?" poet Lucille Clifton answered, "I write to celebrate life”.

Like Clifton, let us set our intentions on celebrating life in 2017 -- focusing on abundance & prosperity as we plan for the future. Because as Black women resilience and fortitude isn't a new trait. Aimee Meredith Cox, author of Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, provided me with the best reminder yesterday: 

"We thrive in struggle. We create the most transformative art, the most enduring resistance strategies, the most radical ways of loving in these most trying times. This shizz ain't linear - it's circular, and we always come back...and through."

Now more than ever, let us come through stronger & more determined to win. Thank you for being a member of the Well-Read Black Girl community. I am truly grateful for the wonderful, awe-inspiring women I've encountered this year, online and off. 

I'm wishing you all the very, very best in 2017. More books. Deeper connections. Limitless love. 

~ Glory 


The WRBG Book Club is partnering with New Women Space (NWS), an amazing new event space in Williamsburg created for women to connect & build community.   
Future book club meeting will happen at NWS on the last Saturday of every month from 1pm to 3pm.
Visit NWS's website to learn more about their amazing events, including drop-in coworking, donation based yoga, and a book swap party happening tonight!

January Book Club Meeting
Book: THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

1:00pm - 3:00pm

February Book Club Meeting 
Book: SWING TIME by Zadie Smith 
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm


 On January 15, PEN America will host a special literary protest on the steps of the New York Public Library. Check out the incredible lineup, including Rita Dove, Jacqueline Woodson, and Angela Flournoy.
Learn more

For Those Who Are Black in Trump’s America
Here are ways to make it through the next four years together
by Diamond Sharp


There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker 
Available February 14

Beyond having the best title of any book ever, Parker’s poetry collection is a powerful exploration centering around issues of black womanhood and all its inherent complexities and wonders.


Well-Read Black Girl's 2016 Book List
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The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Summer of the Cicadas by Cole Lavalais
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
The Thunder Beneath Us by Nicole Blades
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
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