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Meet some of the interesting Poets Niche family members from around the world!
Many of the interviews below are excerpted from moni's interviews with
member poets which you can find in Moni's Top Ten
Founder of the Poets Niche, Walt Goodridge
is president of NicheMarket.com and the
creator of Walt's Friday Inspirations.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Walt moved
to the United States at an early age and
has created a unique resume for himself as
civil engineer, radio DJ, record label owner,
writer, inventor, and now poet!
Visit Walt's Site
to learn more about Walt's ventures and other creations, including
his new book: Turn Your Passion Into Profit!
Moni Monica Blache is the
really nice person who keeps things
running smoothly at the Poets Niche.
Following is an interview of moni...by moni:
moni: What kind of work do you do?
moni: I am a legal secretary, paralegal, litigation specialist, and
class action coordinator. (My official job title is Amanuensis, which is
defined as a "slave with secretarial duties."). I have worked on class
action cases as small as 2,500 claims to as large as 250,000 claims.
Every stinkin' day, I have an emergency court deadline or a client
attorney is yelling at me for not reading their minds. My motto is "I
LOVE THE LAW BECAUSE ONE DAY I MIGHT HAVE TO USE IT TO BAIL MYSELF OUT OF
JAIL." (This is where my insanity defense comes in).
moni: Where did you get your sense of humor?
moni: There was a blue-light special at Wal-Mart, so I picked up two --
funny humor and dry humor. I wanted to be an actress, but I couldn't
remember all those damn lines. Instead, I ended up at the Ed McMahon
School for sidekicks.
Read more Moni's interview
Shawn"My name is Shawn Antonio Goins. I am a 25 year old black male residing in Chicago (Westside!!) I have one brother who is 28 and no sisters. I am also the proud father of a 3 year old boy whom I couldn't
imagine life without. He is my sun that warms up my soul and I love him
very much. My birthday is August 3 (Leo). I really don't have any
hobbies but I have a variety of interest that include shopping, writing, reading, going to the movies, going to plays and cultural events, and of course spending time with my son. I work as a test engineer. I write programs for SCSI connectors (for those who know networks and computers). I have a A.A.S. in electronics and a B.S. in technical management. I am now in the process of working on my masters in project management."
Read more about Shawn
moni: Tell us some of the rich history which is unique to your hometown.
Padmore: In reality, I come from the Royal House and I am the Chief of
my community. My hometown actually forms the Advance Guard Army of our
traditional clan [the Anlo-Ewes]. We provide the King of the Tribe the
Spokesman or the linguist. Close to my hometown is the famous Shrine
made up of an evergreen forest stretching almost two to three miles in
radius and if you set it on fire it will not burn. You may doubt this
but it is true. It is in this shrine that all Chiefs and the King of
the Anlo-Ewes are crowned/enstooled. If a Chief is elected by a community,
he is brought into this forest for rituals and rites to be performed on
him before any society can recognize him. And it is from this Shrine
that the Chief can be destooled. Thus, to be from my hometown you must
be intelligent in the language, customs and traditions of the area.
Read more of Padmore's interview
Rose "bams" Cooper
Everyone is dying to know, how did get the nickname(s) bams, bambam or bammer?
Once upon a time, a long time ago, in the majical land known as Deetwoit,
there lived a Maiden Faire who loved a Boy with a love so pure, it
cleansed all that came before and e're after. In her eyes, the Boy was
the sun, the moon, and the stars, and he nourished Faire Maiden's heart
and soul. In time, the Boy grew, and the Maiden grew with him--but all
too soon, 'twere time for Faire Maiden to be off to yonder University
(which some calleth Oakland) to tackle small dragons and wrest beautiful
Bears' hearts from beyond heavily fortified brick walls and such. But
before the Maiden went off on her merry trek, she took sticks to skins
and cymbals, and played a cacophony to some ears that, ne'ertheless, was
intriguing to the young sir. So intriguing, indeed, that he clapped and
laughed, crying out, "BAM!BAM!". And it stuck.
Read more about bams!
"If you believe it you can achieve it. . .if you stay at it
long enough your stuff will be published. Remember that "writer's
write", just keep writing, then write some more -- Write ON! It goes
without saying that none of this could or would have happened without
yours & Walt's help and tireless dedication. I am looking forward to
... a banner year for the Poets Niche and everyone involved.
Read more of Saleem's interview in
moni's top ten.
Visit Saleem's PoetsNiche Website
James...My other hobbies include collecting comic books, reading and
listening to music. I LOVE music. A melody could just catch my heart,
and I'm gone. I have a passion for R&B love songs, but I also enjoy jazz,
gospel and 60's/70's Soul. I'm just a laid back type of guy, and my taste
in music somewhat indicates that.
moni: Most folks may not remember this, and our new members don't know,
but you were the first, and ONLY, member to WIN the opportunity to write
an inspiration and have it emailed with Walt's Friday Inspiration #50.
Were you excited to win, and did that experience change your life?
James: Darn straight, and I was happy to win!! It changed my life in the
fact that I actually felt accepted at that point. I felt as if I had reached
that next level in my writing, and that things could only go up. I thank the
Niche for the opportunity, and Walt for letting me share his space.
Read more of James' interview
Ghada El Kurd as born in Doha, Qatar, and currently
resides in Amman of the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.
She was educated in Jordan's elite schools , and
received her Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration in 1998.
Ghada is the Head Designer and manages a fashion house
which she helped establish back in 1994. Ghada loves
to read, write poetry, and is currently working on
her first novel.
Ghada's work is featured in Come
into Our Whirl
- Twenty-one year
old, Trend Carlos Truesdale, was raised by her grandmother, uncles and
aunts. Since was the youngest person in the household and felt no one
could really relate to her, writing and painting became her passion.
Initially, writing poetry allowed her to vent her anger. Now, it's a
means to help her learn more about herself. She is currently attending
Clemson University and majoring in Fine Arts and English.
moni: I just love your name! Whose idea was it to name you Trend and
what does it mean?
trend: Thank you! It was my grandmother's idea to name me Trend, and
I've often asked her where she got it from, and she'll just shrug as if
she hasn't a clue. When people would ask me when I was younger, I would
say that she was washing clothes and looked up at that box of cheap Trend
Detergent and said, "Eureka!" As for the meaning, I think that the only
one that I know of is the dictionary meaning. She has never really explained
that one to me.
Read more about Trend
David:I moved to the states (Maryland) in the spring of 1985, and I've been
living here ever since. I must admit, I wasn't planning to be here that
long. But then again, I had no idea that I would start writing poetry
either. I was an artist, and I drew things. But as I was saying, my
plan was to return home a couple years after finishing college. It's
obvious, things didn't quite work out the way I planned. What I miss
most about home is the weather, the beaches (for its rejuvenating
purposes), and just the laid backness.
moni: Who, why and how did Ancient Tradition become your pen name?
David: Ancient Tradition was originally the name of one of my poems. It
became my Dread name (pen name as you call it) when I joined a chat
community on the internet. I was...
Read more of moni's interview with David
Katherine was born in New Orleans, Louisiana,
but currently lives in Dallas, Texas. She is the
founder of a non-profit oganization, Minority
Resource, Inc. MRI is an Online Business
Resource Center website that helps minorities,
women and small business entrepreneurs start or maintain
She is also an actor and singer. She exposes her heart
and soul in her writing. Her poetry not only touches
the reader deeply but her sense of humor will tickle
the soul. Each compilation offers food for thought, hope
for those in despair, and love during loneliness.
Kat's work is featured in Come Into
Nyra: I am a weaver of fabric, a weaver of words, and a weaver of life.
I have a logo called WeaverWorks, which all three fall under. I can make
an outfit without a pattern or use one if necessary. I like to work with
African textiles when I make wall hangings, pillows, quilts and coats.
Sewing relaxes me, especially while listening to music. Besides poetry
(thank you for the beautiful), I write short stories and am working on
the story of my life, which is a work-in-progress. I am also a
songwriter (I used to have an R&B and Jazz band when I sang for my
supper and did a few national commercials, but when the kiddies started
coming, I had to get a REAL JOB). And last, but not least, being an avid
reader and having had a multitude of experiences throughout my lifetime,
I am also a weaver of life. Meaning...
Read more of moni's interview
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