Wednesday May 14, 2014
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I have not updated my website in almost two months. One of you, a good friend of mine and contributor to blackcoffeepoet.com, asked what the status of my site was and I did not have a real answer.
“If you’re gonna end it then end it. Don’t just let it die!” said Cindy.
Cindy and I are close like that.
And she is right.
I don’t want to end blackcoffeepoet.com but I am in a place of contemplation and transition.
Blackcoffeepoet.com started out as a project after I was rejected from an MA in Creative Writing program. I read and reviewed books and interviewed authors. And I videotaped authors reading from their books. And I had a stance which was to feature writers ignored by the mainstream: Indigenous writers, writers of colour, queer writers… My politics were ingrained into every post: challenging colonialism and all it’s sub “isms”.
After two years of doing this many of you asked me about my writing. “Where are you?” people wrote. “We want to read your writing.” So I started writing reflections pieces and a series called Showing Up. I also stared publishing poems, letters and opinion editorials.
I still want to keep my stance, politics, and original vision, but I want to hear from you, my readers.
What do you want to see on blackcoffeepoet.com?
What have you liked or disliked on blackcoffeepoet.com? I welcome constructive criticism.
Do you want to contribute to the site?
Do you want to work together on a project?
Email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org and comment below this post. Write Idea for blackcoffeepoet.com in the subject line.
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Thank you for your ideas, support, and time.
Peace, Prayers, Poetry,
Jorge Antonio Vallejos
Black Coffee Poet