In Our Words is a new section on FemmeNoir, which will
allow women to speak of their lives and experiences In Their Own
Words. I realize the power of words and how they can be used to
help another who may feel alone in their own experiences.
Submissions can be made anonymously, or you can choose to
post your real or pen name. Please
let me know how you want your name to appear for your
By Imani Ingram
A mysterious house with a host of equally mysterious house
guests -- all women and very powerful indeed. Read this wonderful
fairytale written for a German Fairytales class. Although, you will see, it is
not German but quite Afrocentric. Enjoy.
Love Is Blind But
Now I See
By: Shameal K. Nelson
What happens when you fall in love with a woman who has two
lovers, you and the ever clinging monkey? Read this story
of one woman's experience when love is blind.
What did you do last summer? A young woman experiences
first love during summer break.
Another First Love
Everybody plays the fool sometime and nothing lasts forever.
Read the tale of one lover as she sees her love end she watches
another love begin. Will it last? That's the
Deb and Jude like to "spice things up" every now and
then. Read on and discover the contents of their spice
What Is Love?
When love comes knocking at your door are you gonna let it in?
What if, after opening the door, you find it's not quite what
"As far back as I can remember, I have been picking up a pen to
express myself. Over the many stones and broken down roads I
have traveled, I have been led to the place where I am today.
Although it has taken a long time for me to bring my work to the
world, I am here and ready to go. Someone asked me why do I
write. My response? I found that I can connect to others with my
Chyann Oliver is a 19 year old African-American lesbian,
aspiring author of poetry and college student living in Maine.
She writes a lot about what she observes in life and it pleases
her to share her love for writing with other people.
Samantha Johnson is a published author whose work appears in
United Press' book A Passion for Poetry.
Roberta is a 23 year old Puerto Rican slam poet
from Lorain, OH (city in the Cleveland Area) who wanted to
contribute a poem she wrote about the struggle of being a
An accomplished poet whose work also appears on Kuma
An up and coming artist and writer of both
poetry and short stories. Look for more of her work very
Ms. Hooper says about herself, she's "a fairly literate
opinionated 65 year old survivor whose life has been influenced
by many courageous personalities from all walks of life. Most of
all my major influences after parents have been writers, and
teachers. I can't begin to list them all so I won't list any."
She won the July Poetry Slam hosted by Memphis Sound & Syllable
and has begun spoken word appearances in Memphis, TN. "I shall
tape a one half hour interview and poetry reading on community
access television. One has to start somewhere. I waited until I
turned 65 to get the courage to just scream."