Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tea & Verse Update 8/25/18

This event was nothing short of amazing. The theme of the this Tea & Verse was to pay tribute to our favorite poets as well as share some of our very own poetry. Some of the tributes were to Paul Dunbar, Nikki Giovanni, Charles Bukowski, Maya Angelou etc . . .

This gave us poets a chance to give light to those who inspired us, share why and how. Our audience were more than great. They were a highly participative crowd and the intimacy made it sweet and joyous.

As a poet, outside of internationally and if you're blessed. You'll get to travel many local nooks and crannies and meet a plethora of eclectic, eccentric and quite interesting people. Most of these experiences you will enjoy, but as time goes on you will begin to revisit a word in your vocabulary that everyone uses but not often act upon. It is the word humble, (humility). When you come across those artists that have no idea of that word's meaning, you will in your entirety start to appreciate the ones who do, so much more. 
I have to say, that was the beauty of Tea & Verse presented by Jasmine Colbert. We were all in the likes of each other. We as artists understood each other's shine, talent and spirit. It was splendiferous!
We as artists came together to pray before the event began and in my heart I know it was God who resonated in that whole room and illumed from within us all. 

In my head I like to believe that all poets are friends and we all know one another from around the way. Though that may not be true. I can assure you that on Saturday, it was my vision of what I usually think and see. At this event, I learned that what you believe can come true, people of great rapport and wonderful attitudes, they do exist. I also learned that I didn't have to wane myself in any way. 

We appreciated each other, complimented each other and dare I say, there were no egos, no judgement, no pompousness at all. 
It was already recognized and respected of what each has done whether we heard of them or not. We were all so supportive, motivating and inspiring one another and it turned out to be a beautiful soiree. 

The Lord smiled on us all and as a feature, the word blessings I received, were tremendously overwhelming for me. The poems I shared were "All The Way" by Charles Bukowski and "I Married My Mother" by Nikki Giovanni. Then for my poems I shared "The Day My Book Was Published" and last, of course not at all least, I shared the whole reason for my existence;
Dreams "Are Meant To Be Lived"pt.

My message was absorbed in the way I had hoped. People understood my advocacy of my need to re-ignite the spark of following dreams. They were also open to take a sample of my Dreams "Are Meant To Be Lived" Oolong Tea. 

Well received and I couldn't be happier. I want to give a BIG thank you to the lovely Jasmine Colbert who put Tea & Verse together. If you would like to learn more about Jasmine Colbert and the rest of my fellow poets, please see their pages below. Click, read, share and repeat and next time we hope to see you at the next Tea & Verese!

Remember: "Poetry is me. Therefore I am Poetry." ~Until

Jasmine Colbert: https://www.facebook.com/jasmine.colbert.92

Urith Walker: https://www.facebook.com/urith.walker

Totress Beasley: https://www.facebook.com/totress.beasley

Totress Beasley, Jasmine Colbert, Urith Walker, Until (Quanda R. Graves)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rest In Happiness . . . Thank you for the Opportunity

Emma Gresham

Emma Rene (Rhodes) Gresham (April 13, 1925 – March 2, 2018) was an American teacher and politician who was mayor of Keysville, Georgia.

Gresham was born in Reidsville, Georgia to the Rev. Herman and Mrs. Ida Clark Rhodes. Emma graduated from Boggs Academy at the age of 15 years as the Salutatorian of her class, she is also a 1953 honor graduate of Paine College. In 1942, she married Quinten Gresham Sr. Mayor Gresham taught mainly elementary age special education students in Talladega, Alabama and Augusta, GA for over 32 years. In 1985, once finding out about the inactive charter and government of her hometown of Keysville, GA which not been functioning since 1933, she ran for Mayor. Mrs. Gresham ran, only to have the position stripped from her after five hours by a Superior Court judge in Augusta who revoked the city's charter, upholding a challenge by a group of white residents who disputed the town's boundaries.

After national news coverage due in 1989 and due to a tape-recorded oral history from the town's oldest resident, 93-year-old Henry Key the city was able to determine boundary lines. In 1989, a federal court upheld the elections, and on June 4, 1990, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's ruling. Mrs. Gresham remained mayor of Keysville, GA until 2005. During her tenure of 20 years, Mayor Gresham has helped Keysville, GA to have a fully functioning Water and sewer service; street lights; fire department; library; post office; wastewater treatment plant; after-school program and municipal building.

Mayor Gresham is the second African American female to be a chief elected official in Georgia She is active at her church Mt. Tabor African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she is a lifelong member and 3rd Generation A.M.E. Church Leader Among her hundreds of awards, she has received an Essence AwardOne Hundred Eckerd WomenSCLC Drum Major for Justice.
She and her late husband have 5 children: Rev. Dr. Quinten Gresham Jr., Rev. Ida LaVerne (Gresham) Comer, Rev. Lola Scott (Gresham) Russell, Harold Gresham and Kay Gresham.

If you've been following this blog you know that my very first poetry edition
I Just Want To Write has been added to Mrs. Emma Gresham's Library in Keysville, Georgia.
The blessing is that she was able to see her library come to fruition and enjoy the ribbon cut ceremony and I'm grateful to have been apart of her history in some way. 

Thanks to the following who made her dream come true: 
Sharday Jones, M.A.Ed.

Special thanks to Rekaya Gibson for sharing with me this wonderful opportunity.
Visit her site at http://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/book-grub/author/rekaya-gibson-2

Be blessed and please support the Emma Gresham Library

Until. . .

Friday, January 26, 2018

The New Emma Gresham African American Research Library & Culture Center 2018


I Just Want to Write! 
Poetry Edition 
Written by Author and Poet Until
Has now had the pleasure of being added to a new part of history. I Just Want to Write is now apart of The new Emma Gresham African American Research Library and Culture Center and now has a catalog number.

Located in Keysville, Georgia. If you would like to learn more about Emma Gresham and The Emma Gresham African American Research Library and Culture Center. Please visit the link and video listed below:



If you are an African American Author the new Emma Gresham African American Research Library and Culture Center is looking for you. They need books that are published by African American Authors and/or books about African Americans. 

If you or anyone you know fit this category, please donate your books, time and monetary gifts. If you would like to learn about more information on how and where to send your donations please contact the following listed below:

Ms. Sharday at (443) 208-5210
Jacqueline Bosby at jdbosby@gmail.com

Please see the flyer below
The Black Swan Publishing Team
Information on Author & Poet Until
Contact Alethea Reece at areece.bsp@gmail.com

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Gresham 
Author & Poet Until!!!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Poetry 4 Every Occasion . . .

Hey everyone!

 I know you've seen this logo before. That's right, on an older post about a business I created for myself at the age of fourteen (14), that continued until I was eighteen (18) years of age. Because I was asked last year to reprise this process, it seems as so, I'm ready to reprise the business. The trip back has been amazing.

I'm happy to now announce that I have brought back an old friend of mine:

Poetry 4 Every Occasion
A company that customizes poems for every occasion
(Baby Showers, Weddings, Bridal Showers, Birthday's, Just Because and more)

If you would like to create a keepsake with a personal touch for years to come for your event
well, Poetry 4 Every Occasion is for you. We don't just customize, we imperialize in personalizing.
Our customers are always with the our results.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Poetry 4 Every Occasion
"When it's personal"
Email: areece.bsp@gmail.com
Phone: (657) 222.0531
Updates: www.ijwtw.blogspot.com

Website: www.untilnomore.net
(Currently Under Construction)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Thank you for all of your support. I appreciate you!
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About Me

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I am someone who is attracted to paper and aroused by my thoughts and feelings which are connected to my pen. I am someone who is enlightened by what I and others write down and often surprised about how I and others think. I am somone who believes that I am all that my poetry speaks, all that my poetry bleeds, all that my poetry reeks, all that my poetry feeds. Poetry is me. Therefore I am poetry. Until...