Janet Stickmon’s Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience is a mantra, a spell cast to acknowledge ancestral connection, the multiple gazes upon the female body, and the sexual freedom born from motherhood.  This collection of essays, poems, and short stories invites the reader to bear witness to how women touch others and the ways they want to be touched.  Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience disrupts the border separating public and private, human existence and the spirit realm, exposing the beauty of what has been named dirty, shameful, and repulsive.  Stickmon reminds us that patience and a listening ear can inspire a woman’s creative power to overflow without warning.



 (FOR:) Play–An Exegesis of Goapele’s ‘Play


Beauty Revealed–Bringing Out the Best in Others

Blackapina” was featured in READ TO WRITE STORIES by editor Michael Noll.  Check out the interview and writing exercise as Noll uses “Blackapina” as an example of “How to Bring Other Voices into Your Story.”

Janet Stickmon’s Crushing Soft Rubies is the place where spirit, culture, and survival meet.   It is the story of a Filipino-African-American who is caught between the death of her parents and the desperate need to define herself–not as an orphan, but as a strong woman who is willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that her past does not become a barrier to her future.  Janet, now a teacher and a married woman, leads us through the intense details of her story.  From her childhood home being burned to the ground, to the joys and conflicts with her Filipino family, to seeking a connection to her African-American heritage, and then to the beautiful moment of her marriage, Janet navigates the rough waters of love, spirit, identity, and survival, maintaining a life filled with faith and wonder. Note: The second edition of Crushing Soft Rubies will be available on  Amazon.com 



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