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Author / Writing Coach/ Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to praise the fine writing and editing, publishing and distribution of the engaging, informative, and educational articles and poems in Street Spirit – the monthly newspaper with the tagline “Justice News & Homeless Blues in the Bay Area“  While we pay handsomely for live theatre tickets to see the timeless Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, do we close our eyes when we see poverty and injustice on sidewalks, BART stations, and storefront doorways?

Here is a short short list of the remarkable stories, essays, tributes, articles and poems from recent issues. And, don’t forget the art and photographs!

“How We Find Our Silenced Voices and Learn to Sing”   by Janny Castillo – a retelling of a story by Marguerite Annie Johnson, but you may know her best as Maya Angelou.

January Poetry of the Streets (poets Claire J. Baker, George Wynn, Joan Clair, Judy Joy Jones, Mary Rudge)

Are Homeless People Beautiful? by Osha Neumann

Silicon Valley’s Brilliant Design: Homeless Families in the Rain by Carol Denney

“Remember the Children Born On Our Streets”  and  “Dave Ferguson’s Lifelong Mission of Opening Doors” both articles by Lydia Gans

“History and commentary on blues and social justice”

“On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us recognize that extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Let us recall that poverty is a denial of human rights. For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it.” — Kofi Annan

Street Spirit is a publication of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)  that reports extensively on homelessness, poverty, economic inequality, welfare issues, human rights issues and the struggle for social justice. For the past 17 years, Street Spirit has been dedicated to empowering poor and homeless people and giving a voice to the voiceless, at a time when the voices of the poor are virtually locked out of the mainstream media.

American Friends Service Committee shoulders the entire printing costs of more than $3,000 per month to give more than 100 homeless vendors a positive alternative to panhandling, and to give our readers a progressive alternative to the corporate-controlled mainstream media. Help us remain an independent voice for justice! Please donate or subscribe to Street Spirit.

To read more about what Street Spirit ishttp://www.thestreetspirit.org/about-2/

If you wish to donate to Street Spirit through American Friends Service Committee, click on http://www.thestreetspirit.org/subscriptions-donations/

American Friends Service Committee

“We are committed to this Spirit-led journey, undertaken to see what love can do.”

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

AFSC’s work is based on our belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. These principles animate our work for peace and justice in scores of communities in the United States and in our international programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

AFSC was founded in 1917 during World War I.  In accordance with their Quaker faith, the new organization gave young conscientious objectors ways to serve without enlisting in the military or taking lives.  They drove ambulances, ministered to the wounded, and stayed on in Europe after the armistice to rebuild war-ravaged communities.

In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee and British Friends Service Council accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for the work done during and after the two World Wars to feed starving children and help Europe rebuild itself.

Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, the American Friends Service Committee seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine.

We seek to understand and address the root causes of poverty, injustice, and war. We hope to act with courage and vision in taking initiatives that may not be popular.

To read more about American Friends Service Committeehttp://www.thestreetspirit.org/about-afsc/

The art of homeless artists, reviews of gallery showings, profiles of artists and morehttp://www.thestreetspirit.org/category/features/art-spirit/

Index of back issues of Street Spirit  http://www.thestreetspirit.org/back-issue-archives-by-month-year/

Cheers to the Folks of Street Spirit – monthly newspaper with tagline “Justice News & Homeless Blues in the Bay Area”

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan with her Love Made Of Heart trademark - photo by YBK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan is “Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa” and Manuscript Consultant and  . . .

author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used by college professors)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)

Coach Teresa’s Blog at http://writingcoachTeresa.com

 

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Hearty congratulations to Joan Gelfand!  Her new book The Long Blue Room (published by Benicia Literary Arts) has poems which have won awards, including: Poets 11 judged by Jack Hirschman, Poet of the Month from PoetryMagazine.com, Honorable Mention from Pen Women/Roanoke, First Prize from Osmosis Sanctuary and Honorable Mention from the City of Benicia. Her poem, “Transported,” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Thirty poems in this new collection have been nationally and internationally published in Literary Journals, anthologies and webzines!  http://joangelfand.com/books/
Joan will be in NYC and Boston in April 2014!  http://joangelfand.com/joans-calendar/
http://joangelfand.com/joans-calendar/
2014
April 5 | Environmental Poetry from five Northern California Poets w/ Genny Lim, Drew Dillinger, Mary Mackey, Kurt Lumpkin and Al Young, Poet Laureate of California Emeritus, Rockridge Public Library, Oakland, CA @ 2pm

April 9 | Honoring National Poetry Month, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT, Noon – workshop on publishing; 7pm – reading and book signing

April 12 | Reading with Raymond Nat Turner – Live jazz, Nuyorican Poets Café, NYC, NY @ 2pm

April 13 | Sunday Evening greatweatherformedia.com Series, Parkside Lounge, NYC, NY @ 7pm

April 17 | Reading with poets from the Women’s National Book Association, Boston, MA, venue TBD

May 4 | Congregation Beth Sholom: New Arts and Literature Festival @ 4pm

May 21 | U of W Bookstore reading & book signing, U District Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA @ 7pm

Writing Coach Teresa says: “ Celebrate Joan Gelfand, her new book, the environment, our souls, and National Poetry Month!”

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Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:00-400pm Environmental Poetry for the Soul -   Oakland, CA

Presents
Environmental Poetry for the Soul
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2-4 pm
 Free to the Public
The Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library is located at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland, CA.  This event celebrates April, National Poetry Month.
Featuring Poets:  Judith Cody, John Curl, Drew Dellinger, Sharon Doubiago, Joan Gelfand, Genny Lim, Kirk Lumpkin, Mary Mackey, Claire Ortalda, Jeanne Powell, Floyd Salas.  For more information, contact Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652.

 

 

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Cheers to Joan Gelfand, all poets, National Poetry Month, our Environment, and our souls!

Sincerely,

22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOWShe helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.   “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”  Click here to start.

 

 

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Writing Coach Teresa says: “2 events to celebrate the environment, our souls and National Poetry Month!”

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:00-400pm Environmental Poetry for the Soul -   Oakland, CA

April 9, 2014, 7:00pm Less Stress and More SuccessClimbing the Sacred Ladder!    San Rafael, CA

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  http://www.penoakland.com/

 PEN OAKLAND
Presents
Environmental Poetry for the Soul
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2-4 pm
 Free to the Public
The Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library is located at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland, CA.  This event celebrates April, National Poetry Month.
Featuring Poets:  Judith Cody, John Curl, Drew Dellinger, Sharon Doubiago, Joan Gelfand, Genny Lim, Kirk Lumpkin, Mary Mackey, Claire Ortalda, Jeanne Powell, Floyd Salas.  For more information, contact Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652.
TheLongBlueRoom Cover 198x300 Books cosmo joan2 Bio
Hearty congratulations to Joan Gelfand!  Her new book The Long Blue Room (published by Benicia Literary Arts) has poems which have won awards, including: Poets 11 judged by Jack Hirschman, Poet of the Month from PoetryMagazine.com, Honorable Mention from Pen Women/Roanoke, First Prize from Osmosis Sanctuary and Honorable Mention from the City of Benicia. Her poem, “Transported,” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Thirty poems in this new collection have been nationally and internationally published in Literary Journals, anthologies and webzines!  http://joangelfand.com/books/
Joan will be in NYC and Boston in April 2014!  http://joangelfand.com/joans-calendar/

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    Shulamit Sofia of Soul Strength SeminarsClimbing The Sacred Ladder

Less Stress and More Success

learn how by Climbing the Sacred Ladder!

April 9, 2014 , 7:00 PM

OPEN SECRET Book Store

923 C Street  (between 3rd & 4th)

San Rafael, CA 94901

Shulamit Sofia MSW, social entrepreneur, college professor, artist and writer is dedicated to support you to have more Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose in your life. After  establishing a program to help over 250,000 children in orphanages and war zones find more safety and security, she founded Soul Strength Seminars to teach the same principles to people wanting to reach their soul goals.

http://www.soulstrengthseminars.com/ or call (415) 448-6041

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Cheers to Everyone, National Poetry Month, our Environment, and our souls!

Sincerely,

22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOWShe helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.   “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”  Click here to start.

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Women in Women’s National Book Association have related news.

The Women’s National Book Association announces that Masha Hamilton has been chosen the winner of the 2010 WNBA Award. The award is presented by WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.

Ms. Hamilton also established the Afghan Women’s Writing Project in 2009 “to foster creative and intellectual exchange between Afghan women writers and American women authors and teachers.” The website publishes the work of Afghan writers under the mentorship of AWWP participants, including authors, poets, essayists, memoirists, and others.

Previous winners of the WNBA award included Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Dr. Perri Klaas. NEW YORK  www.wnba-books.org

Thank you, Joan Gelfand, immediate-past president (and poet extraordinaire), for the news.

Meanwhile, WNBA member Diane LeBow has this new:

March 30, 2011  11:30am-1:00pm  Kabul Restaurant in Burlingame, California

The Afghan Friends Network  is holding a benefit lunch on March 30, 2011 at Kabul Restaurant in Burlingame: “Connections: Joining Hands and Hearts for Afghanistan” Guest speaker is Fariba Nawa, an award-winning Afghan-American journalist.  Join us in a traditional, celebratory Afghan luncheon. More info:  http://afghanfriends.net/

Thank you, award winning writer and photojournalist Diane LeBow, for telling me about this benefit luncheon. Recently Dr. LeBow read from her Afghan stories for Left Coast Writers at Book Passage in the Ferry Building, San Francisco.  There were about 50 in the audience.

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In San Francisco, we have 2 events to cheer for:

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Meet-the-Agents Live. Writers Speed-Date to success. Only 15 spaces left. Click here http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org for agent and
editor bios, the scoop on the keynote lunch with Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, and to register.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The 15th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture: TRICKSTERS!
Guest lecturer: Gerald McDermott – the Art of the Folktale
San Francisco Public Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove), SF, CA www.sfpl.org

5:00pm Reception & Book Signing; 6:00pm Lecture presented FREE by
Children & Youth Services and the Fisher Children’s Center of the
San Francisco Public Library and Women’s National Book Assoc-SF
Chapter.  Board members of WNBA (a co-sponsor of this lecture)
encourage all members (especially authors of children’s literature)
to attend this event… a tradition in San Francisco. Effie Lee Morris
founded the San Francisco Chapter of Women’s National Book
Association. This annual lecture is just one of the many legacies
Effie Lee Morris left for readers and writers.

My best wishes to everyone !  See you at the San Francisco events,

Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart, cheers for brave immigrants.

22-Day Coach Teresa

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW is available through Amazon.  Read success stories (on Amazon) from writers who have finished the 22-day workbook I created to help fiction and nonfiction authors gain a competitive edge.  Whether you want to be your own publisher or sell rights to another publisher, attract readers and more readers now!  http://writingcoachteresa.com

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/is-there-a-book-to-help-a-writer-build-platform-and-fanbase/

Where’s the Sonoma County Book Festival?  At Old Courthouse Square in Downtown Santa Rosa, California

Saturday, September 25th, 2010, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Redwood Writers Reading Circle – Come listen to over 50 readers from all across the community read from their works.   http://redwoodwriters.org/events-and-activities/readings/

Redwood Writers Village – Redwood Writers want to make a splash. Come to the Redwood Writers Village and get your member badge so that as you walk around the Festival, RWs are everywhere!

Courthouse Square alive with Festival Tents

www.socobookfest.org

A day filled with literary delights!  www.socobookfest.org now presents complete information about the Book Festival schedule, authors, poets, children’s activities and more.

“Look for Writing Career Coach Teresa’s friends at the book festival, especially at the Redwood Writers Village and the Redwood Writers Reading Circle http://redwoodwriters.org/ Last year I was there http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/no-writer-is-an-island/ .  Writers and Readers, have fun!”

Sincerely,
Teresa LeYung Ryan, author, writing-career coach, founder of GraceArt Publishing

Build My Writer’s Name and Platform: Attract Agents, Acquisition Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention
is the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook.
“Reach out, not stress out, when building your writer’s name.”

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April is National Poetry Month but every day is poetry.  When I listen to songs, I tend to remember the lyrics before I can remember the melodies.  Commercials hook me when I hear poetry in them.

Here are poets I pay attention to.  They all wear many brilliant hats.

  • Yolande Barial, founder of Your Words Project.  You just have to meet Yolande and hear her poetry, her spoken word.  Please add audio to your blog.  http://yolandebarial.wordpress.com/

    My hat off to you, Martha, Joan, Deborah, Yolande, Maxine!

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

    Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan says: “Build your name, beat the game, be happily published.”  http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

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