Happy June! Where I’ve been blogging … Join me for my June 12th book reading in DC

Happy June All!

I know I have been missing in action on this blog for awhile.  Where have I been?  Twitter and my Facebook Fan page have captured my attention a lot.  I have also been posting audio blogs on my Cinchcast page.  I will do a better job of posting blog entries this month!

This week I am gearing up for DC Digital Capital Week. It begins on June 11.  I am teaching a yoga class for computer users on June 12th at 10:00 am. It will be held in Malcolm X Park in DC.  Click on the link for more details: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Join me for my June 12th book reading which will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Washingtonia Division, 901 G Street, NW, Room 307 (Washingtoniana Division’s Program Room), Washington, DC (located at Metro Center Station and near Gallery Place Metro Station).  I will talk about and sign my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 – http://amzn.to/7zGkGI) and debut novel Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com – 2007 – http://amzn.to/bWKCvw). FYI – My books are also available on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/d4RwQN).

I will be giving another book talk and signing on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (www.flowyogacenter.com), 1450 P Street, NW (located several blocks from Dupont Circle Metro).

Hope to see you on June 12th and/or July 10!

30 Days of Poetry, Jazz, and Earth Day Awareness – Celebrating abolitionist & poet Frances Harper

Francis Ellen Watkins Harper

Click on the Cinchcast audio blog below to hear me read abolitionist and poet Frances E. W. Harper’s poem “Slave Auction.”  I also read my poem “Ask the Troubadours Who Have Come from Those Who Loved” published in my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One.

Do you have a six-word memoir for today? Mine is: poetry.jazz.earth. beauty creates peace.

Enjoy!

Listen to Ananda’s interview w/ Faith Dow, founder of Acts of Faith blog, about her use of social media to support her books & biz

Happy Saturday!

My social media sistalove Faith Dow, founder of Acts of Faith blog, interviewed me this morning via Skype and Cinchcast.  We talked about how I use social media to support my books That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours, and business. Faith also asked me about my writing process and career transition from attory to author.  She gave me a new title to marinate on: lifestyle guru.  I like the sound of it. What do you think? To learn more, click on the Cinchcast audio blog below. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow Faith on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/actsoffaithblog. She is an amazing lady who serves as an editor, media critic, social justice advocate, and creative professional who uses technology and social media to empower women and children.

Have a great weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for social media sisterhood connections,

Ananda

Day 2 of 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Awareness – Celebrating Duke Ellington’s Jazz, Ethelbert Miller’s Defintion of Poetry, Poetry of Ntozake Shange & Twitter Poetry

Happy Friday!

I started my morning with yoga, meditation, and Reiki.  My sun salutation practice was truly juicy.  I listened to jazz musician Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige CD, a jazz symphony written for his first concert at Carnegie Hall, on January 23, 1943. I discuss Black, Brown and Beige in my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One. His composition “Come Sunday” featuring Mahalia Jackson plays a key role.   Click on the YouTube video below to listen to a part of the CD.  It is one of my favorites!

Did you know Ellington’s full name was Edward Kennedy Ellington? He was born on April 29, 1899 to James Edward Ellington and Daisy Kennedy Ellington in Washington, DC.  He lived a long, creative, and fulfilling life as a pianist, composer, and band leader.  FYI He led his band from 1923 until his death on May 24, 1974.

I also read a poetry quote by my literary mentor E. Ethelbert Miller that reminded me of Ntozake Shange’s Nappy Edges poetry book.  I included Ethelbert’s quote in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-DiscoveryNappy Edges was the first poetry book I bought during my freshmen year at St. Elizabeth Seton High School (1978).  Shange’s poetry inspired me.  I discovered her creative work while watching her chorepoem for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

Click on the my Cinchcast audio blog below to hear Ethelbert’s poetry quote, Shange’s poem, and my Twitter poetry (an excerpt from That Which Awakens Me) Enjoy!

When you think of jazz on a Fridays what songs come to mind?

Do you have any favorite poems about music? If so, what are the titles? Who are the poets?

Do you have a six-word memoir for Friday? My six-word memoir is Poetry. Jazz. Earth.  Shange. Duke. Gaia.  What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude for Shange’s poetry, Duke’s jazz, and Gaia’s planet,

Ananda

Watch Ananda’s Free Creativity Coaching Session for Women on UStream.tv on 3/25@9pm EST

Happy Tuesday,

Calling all creative women! Join me for a free creative coaching session on March 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST that explores the nine blocks to women’s creativity. I will use creative coaching exercises in my new book That Which Awaken’s Me to guide the session. Click here to watch the live show.  If you miss it, don’t fret. You can watch a video recording.  Just visit the web site for Ananda Leeke Live! on UStream.tv

If you are in DC this weekend, consider taking my free kind and gentle yoga class on March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park.  Click here for more details. The class will be dedicated to National Women’s History Month, National Women and Girls HIV/AID Day, and National Nutrition Month.  I will also share an excerpt from That Which Awakens Me during the meditation part of the class. 

Please share these events with your network!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

PS: Check out my new memoir That Which Awakens Me and debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One on Amazon.com.  They are great for spring and summer reading!  They also make great gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, etc.

Great News! Ananda featured in 3/22 Examiner.com article: “Novelist gives book marketing tips for fiction writers using social media”

Greeting All,

Great News! Nordette Adams, the African-American Books Examiner for Examiner.com, wrote an amazing article about yours truly today: “Novelist gives book marketing tips for fiction writers using social media.”

Nordette also interviewed me on the March 20th episode of We Got Word on BlogTalkRadio.  Click here to listen to the interview. We had a great time talking about healing fiction, my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One, and social media tips for authors and bloggers.  I also discussed my new writing project Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

Part #2 – Watch videos from Ananda’s 3/14 book talk/signing @ Historical Society of DC

Happy Weekend!

Here’s part two of my videos from the book talk/signing for my memoir That Which Awakens Me held on March 14 at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.  be sure to tell me which video you liked best. Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Spring Weather in DC,

Ananda

VIDEOS FROM BOOK READING

1) Ananda discusses who lives inside her (her archetypes/personalities)

2) Ananda discusses spirituality and service

3) Ananda discusses her work as an artist-in-residence for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital

4) Ananda discusses her life as an artist and poet living in DC in the 90s

5) Ananda discusses her debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One

6) Angie Hudgins’ promo for That Which Awakens Me

Part #1 – Watch videos from Ananda’s 3/14 book talk/signing @ Historical Society of DC

Happy Monday!

My book talk and signing for my poetic memoir That Which Awakens Me was held yesterday at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.  It was a lot of fun and a HUGE success!!!! Many thanks to my sistalove Karen Sallis for organizing the event with Rosemary Reed and the Society’s staff! Big thanks to everyone who attended the event!!!!

If you missed the event, watch the videos below.  More videos will be posted in the coming days.

You can purchase That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One on Amazon.com: http://tiny.cc/7uFsg and http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq.

Historical Society of DC Book Talk Videos:

1) My infomercial for my March 14th book reading

2) My vulnerabilities as a writer

3) The importance of naming and defining myself

4) The power of six-word memoirs in my writing process

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

Join Ananda for her DC Book Reading on 3/14, Online Creativity Coaching Session for Women on 3/25, and Yoga in Malcolm X Park on 3/28

Dear All,

Mark your calendars for the following events:

 

  • A free creative coaching session on March 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST that explores the nine blocks to women’s creativity. I will use creative coaching exercises in my new book That Which Awaken’s Me to guide the session. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ananda-leeke-live

 

  • A free kind and gentle yoga Meetup on March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC. The class will be dedicated to National Women’s History Month, National Women and Girls HIV/AID Day, and National Nutrition Month.  http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Hope to see you at these events!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

Great Moments from the Weekend: Ananda’s Artist Date @ Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico exhibit and its connection to her books That Which Awakens Me & Love’s Troubadours

Photo Credit: Fern Logan - http://the-artists.org/artist/Elizabeth-Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett

Hi All,

This weekend, I went to see an exhibit featuring the work of Elizabeth Catlett at the Mexican Cultural Institute on 16th Street in northwest DC. Click here to learn more about the Catlett exhibit. It closes on May 29. If you are in DC, consider attending Professor David Driscoll’s lecture about Catlett’s work on March 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  It’s free!

Catlett is one of my favorite artists.  She was born in DC in 1915 and is  a graduate of Howard University (like me!). Click here to learn more about Catlett.

I have given the world my songs by Elizabeth Catlett

The highlight of my visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute was seeing Catlett’s I have given the world my songs.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece of art.  It inspired a poem in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery. Click here to listen to me read the poem. FYI – I also discuss Catlett’s work in my novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One.

Click on the Cinchcast audio blog to hear me talk about my visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute.