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  DC Retro Jumpers in Russia!

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  Butterflying - Journaling Workshop - October 20, 2018

Need more serenity in your life? Want to get more grounded? Looking for a path for problem-solving? Journaling is a time-tested, time honored way to increased self-awareness and personal peace.

Keeping a journal has helped keep my sanity. It's been important in my development as a writer and as a woman. I'd like to share that experience with you.

I'm leading a workshop with fellow author Jonetta Barras on journaling. It takes place on:

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at 1313 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
The cost is $25 and scholarships are available.

For more information, contact 202-829-0591, or Register at

Hope to see you on October 20th!

  Beating Writer's Block - November 1, 2018

Ready to write that book -- but having trouble getting started?

I have some ideas for you. Beating Writer's Block is a workshop I have offered for several years now every November in honor of National Novel Writing Month .But it doesn't matter if your book is fiction or non-fiction - get serious about getting it done.

Join us on:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
at Francis Gregory Library,
3660 Alabama Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20020

Come prepared to write.


African American History Month - February 2018

  A Poetry Series

Stage Fright is Your Friend
by Joy Jones

Highlighter - Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Newsletter

Pick up a pen and your prose flows. Place your hands at the keyboard and your fingers fly, forming fine phrases. But ask you to speak before an audience? Your brain freezes and your heart fails. Read the article...

Stage Fright is Your Friend



Prince George's County Police Officer Dazzles With Double-Dutch Jumping Jacks

By Marina di Marzo
NBC4 Washington (

For the second time this summer, double dutch united citizens and police officers -- this time, in Prince George’s County.

During Community Day last Saturday at the Victorious Life of Faith Church in District Heights, Maryland, the D.C. Retro Jumpers were performing their show under an outdoor tent. Corporal Alan Jones of the Prince George's County Police Department was captured on video with an impressive performance that got off to a tough start.

The video opens with Jones failing to make the jump twice. But on that third-time's-the-charm luck, Jones sustains the jump. More than that, he criss crosses his legs, performs jumping jacks and turns 360 degrees twice -- all while weighed down by his utility belt.

"Shout out to Victorious Life of Faith church in District Height MD for hosting the event and the DC Retro Jumpers for making me look good on the ropes," Jones posted on Facebook.

His video already has 275,000 views.

In late July, Metropolitan Police Department Officer Kandice Young flung herself into action by showing off her double dutch skills while visiting residents on Congress Street SE in D.C.

Published at 3:03 PM EDT on Aug 28, 2015



The Story Gift Project

A word that is more magical than 'abracadabra' or 'hocus pocus' is 'free'. The Story Gift Project is an effort to extend the magic of reading for fun by giving free books to people who may not otherwise own and enjoy a book. The Spoken Word, whose mission is to use the arts and culture to serve the community, will use The Story Gift Project to acquire and then donate books to underserved or disenfranchised communities. Click here for complete details!

Books from The Story Gift Project:

A collection of books donated to children in treatment at Psychiatric Institute of Washington


Staff at Psychiatric Institute of Washington receive a donation of books by Peter Mandel through The Story Gift Project


Book Donation
Dr. Anne Evans, principal of Miner Elementary School accepts a donation from Joy Jones




Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Saint Elizabeths Hospital Auditorium
11000 Alabama Ave SE Washington, DC

Click here for details!

About Meat the Vegans

Meat the VegansMeat the Vegans is an online reality show featuring a new vegan dish for meat-eaters to try in each episode. Is it tasty or terrible? Yummy or crummy? Let your tongue take the test!

Meat the Vegans is a collaboration between The Spoken Word, an arts organization and Eden Good, a vegan cooking show, caterer and bakery. Visit The Spoken Word at and Eden Good at

Adult Double Dutch

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Read my report on marriage in Black America in the March 2011 issue of Ebony.

Announcing Tambourine Moon - The Stage Play

What’s better than telling stories about down-home? Seeing stories about down-home come alive on stage! Tambourine Moon, the play, features storytelling, music and magic. It’s based on the acclaimed children’s book of the same name.

The book, Tambourine Moon, (Simon & Schuster, 1999), was chosen in 2000 as a Kid’s Pick of the Lists by the American Booksellers Association, selected as one of the best books for children by the black caucus of the American Library Association, and displayed on Fox-TV’s hit, “The Bernie Mac Show.”

Tambourine Moon, the stage play, will be presented Spring, 2011 at two DC area elementary schools in June.

This production is sponsored by the generosity of the Takoma Theatre Conservancy and Northgate Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC and Maryland.

NEW: More Details About Tambourine Moon: The Stage Play

Poetry and prose are powerful! Check out the story about WritersCorps on NPR - WAMU-FM Metro Connection, 15 Years of DC WritersCorps. Here's the link:

Read this excerpt from:

This originally appeared in the Outlook section of the Washington Post on September 1, 1991. The article is now part of my book which can be ordered online from African American Images at or call
1-800-552-1991 or

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