Advice for Indie Authors on Promoting Your Book Through Social Media

This is the one-year anniversary since I self-published my debut book of poetry, Every Watering Word. It’s been a wonderful and yet overwhelming experience at the same time. Wonderful in terms of poems that I have written for over 20 years culminating in book form. That my book is getting out into the world, into … Continue reading Advice for Indie Authors on Promoting Your Book Through Social Media

Debut Book of Poetry :Every Watering Word

It happened! My first book of poetry is published by Wasteland Press (2017). Here are a few excerpted blurbs about Every Watering Word from several Goodreads, Amazon and Instagram reviews: ” Manning-Yarde is working her words with fierce determination, with sweat on the brow, that the words, in their primacy, will reveal the stubborn, elusive, blessed truths … Continue reading Debut Book of Poetry :Every Watering Word

Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

In this article, Carla Cherry shares her personal and professional evolution, divulging how she helps students actualize their humanity and academic success.  It’s an intimate look into the makings of an English/Language Arts teacher, and the difference she is trying to make in students’ lives within the NYC educational system. Fundamental to her familial fabric … Continue reading Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

Movies as Mirrors: Reflecting on “For Colored Girls”

This blog describes the impact of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem on my identity as a woman of color and a writer, compared to the impact of attending Tyler Perry’s movie adaptation with my husband.  In the late eighties, one book changed my life.  Ms. Kupperman-Guinals, our drama teacher and teacher extraordinaire, pulled me to the … Continue reading Movies as Mirrors: Reflecting on “For Colored Girls”