Inspired by my favorite Billy Joel track, “And So It Goes”, this blog merges a love of life, music, and art with the musings of a man with Cerebral Palsy.
Joel writes: “I spoke to you in cautious tones; you answered me with no pretense.”
My writing journey started when I became an honorary member of the Writer’s Club in 2001, and participated in my high school class’s collaboration of “Reflections” a poetry and short stories series spear-headed by English instructor, Mrs. Erica Henry.
Since then, I have continued to publish works while furthering my education. I was able to secure a scholarship award from the Baton Rouge Community College Rotary Foundation and upon later admission, I began working as a staff writer for BRCC Today, the campus newsletter. Later, I contributed to the Spring 2009 edition of Black and Rouge: The Baton Rouge Community College Writing Review, and in 2011, I was awarded an Associate of Science, in Business.
After a string of odd jobs, I was fortunately admitted to Southern University A&M College in August 2015. After an arduous two-year journey, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English on December 15, 2017.
This goal, realized through the collective support of friends, family, and many professors confirmed that my love for literature and writing was no fluke.
Before graduating, I completed a thought-provoking anaphora entitled “Disabled” about the complex identity and humanity that lingers behind living with Cerebral Palsy. This writing appears in the Fall 2017 edition of Southern University’s “Ego”, a African-American authored Arts and Culture magazine.
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Be well and thanks for reading.