Monday, August 22, 2011

Feel The, "Touch..." At Oakland Pride 2011-"We Are Family"

Sunday September 4th I'll be at Oakland Pride selling copies of my book, "Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality" which is also available on line at,, as well as

I'll be sharing a booth with my friend visual artist Ronald Jackson. Ron will be bringing some of his beautiful & original artwork from Los Angeles. Be sure to check out his unique pieces.

Jennifer Holliday is the headliner for this year's Pride Event so if the weather cooperates we should have an amazing time!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some Books For You To Check Out....

I have some poems included in a new anthology titled, "Tapestries of Faith: Black SGLBT Stories of Triumph, Family, Love, & Healing."

Tapestries of Faith is filled with poetry, essays and prose that intends to sooth the heart and reawaken the spirit. Anthology contributors represent a wide range of artists ranging from journalists, photographers, performance artists, playwrights and more. Among them are the distinguished C. Jerome Woods, DRED, Claudia Moss, Queen Hollins, KAUTION, Ennis Jackson, Katrina Arango, Bey Celeste and many others.

You should also check out another anthology I was included in titled, "Mighty Real: An Anthology of African-American Same Gender Loving Writing"

A collection of African-American Same Gender Loving Literature featuring both new and established writers. Grounded in a poignant and truthful sensibility, imbued with the realities of sex and love, Smith and Williams present a culmination of poems, short stories, radical essays, sermons, plays and interviews honoring notable figures within the SGLBT community.

These are both available on line at

One of the my great joys in writing has been my association with Frankie Lennon. I first met her while we were both members of Unity Fellowship Church in Los Angeles. Frankie is a incredible writer, teacher, mentor, & activist. She was instrumental of writing grants and coordinating events for Minority AIDS Project in the early days of the virus when people were dying daily. She is one of those women who stood for those men when they couldn't stand for themselves. Attending funerals weekly and caring & visiting for men whose families had turned against them. Frankie's memoir, "The MEE Street Chronicles" is an incredible collection of stories that cover her youth, family, racial discrimination, sexism. homophobia, coming, out, alcoholism, and many other topics in a straight forward & entertaining way. There's even a story of a middle school adventure with childhood friend Nikki Giovanni who wrote the introduction for the book. The book has been out for the past couple of years but she has just informed it is now available electronically for Kindle or Nooks. Copy and paste these links to purchase her book for your e-reader:

ORDER EBOOK for Nook at

ORDER ebook for Kindle at

ORDER at Apple at

I've just found out about this book and it's free for download!! You only have to have Adobe on your computer to download & print out. It's a Case Study of the effects on South African Liberation has had on the Youth there.

Case Study: Out of the Box: Queer Youth in South Africa Today

Marian Nell and Janet Shapiro

This Atlantic-commissioned case study provides a snapshot of what life is like for young lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and intersex people (LGBTIs) in South Africa today – 17 years after the Constitution outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation. It explores if democracy has brought greater tolerance and celebration of diversity for today’s young LGBTIs. Its findings (based on interviews with young LGBTIs across race, class and gender) are that while these young people face a double layer of challenges – those faced by all youth, such as unemployment, as well as their own specific challenges, including homophobia - many also see themselves as agents of change and find safe spaces and support within the growing LGBTI community.

Go to this link to download:

Of course my book, "Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality is still available:

If you're in the bay area & at Oakland Pride on September 4, 2012 I'll be sharing a booth with my friend Ron Jackson from Los Angeles. He'll have some of his art, jewelry, and other things available for purchase & I'll have copies of, "Touch..." for a discounted price on the on-line rate.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Couple Of Events In "The Town" (Oakland, Ca) & New Work By Marvin K. White

Here's a couple of events happening here in Oakland, Ca to be on the lookout for. If you come to Oakland BlackOUT I'll have copies of my book, "Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality" for sale there....

Available on line

Oakland Black LGBTQ Pride
is an event established in 2010 to provide a celebration of diversity, education, tolerance, and equality. Our organization is dedicated to working towards closing the social generational gap in Oakland between LGBTQ youth and adults through communication, education, and mentoring. We want to help direct and empower our community towards healthier and more productive lifestyles. Our Slogan is “Bridging the gap… making a difference.”

We are motivated to educate our community as a whole in an effort to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases through workshops, free HIV testing, and providing prophylactics.

Our purpose for the BlackOUT weekend is to build a more unified and tolerant Oakland, to help build the economy, and serve the under-served.

1:30pm-5:30pm &

Besides needing an ass whoopin! Marvin K. White is a phenomenal writer. He has two new books available, "Our Name Be A Witness" a collection of poetry using the voices of women & "Status" a work I am interested to read because who knows what goes on in that mind of his? Both are available on line at