TO HONOR THE HEART is taking on a refreshing vibrancy. It reminds me that once you make a decision, the entire universe moves with you, providing answers to questions, people to join you, and opportunities you didn’t fathom at the outset, etc. I am thankful to all those who are embarking on this journey with me, no matter if you are helping to share the Call for Submissions, writing a submission or guiding me with appreciated suggestions. Thank you.

As for the up-dates, there are four.

1.  I changed the DEADLINE.

Currently, it is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. I understand a project of this level of sensitivity requires time and care. Sometimes contributors need to think about whether or not they want to break their silence. They need to ponder how best to tell the story, in what form, narrative, essay or poem.

2.  The SUBMISSIONS may now arrive in Google Docs.

Recently, I learned from a wonderful contributor that Google Docs was a sensational method of receiving submissions. Not only could submissions be edited, shared and saved in the drive, but also if writers didn’t have Microsoft, Google Docs remedied this challenge for them.

3.  I sent an invitation to Dr. Charlotte Pierce-Baker, the brainchild behind SURVIVING THE SILENCE: black women’s stories of rape, to write a piece for this new anthology.

I invited her to speak to where she is in the healing process now. Prayerfully, she will write about her continued healing and/or write the Preface to this collection. However she chooses to participate, if she participates, will be a benediction.

4.  I am experiencing all over again The Power of Asking.

If you don’t speak what you want, if you aren’t brave enough to articulate your passions, you will continue to watch them drift like Arizona tumbleweeds. Ask and it shall be given. Read The Word. Seek and ye shall find. IF YOU CAN OFFER ANY ADVICE TO AID ME ALONG THIS JOURNEY, I WELCOME YOUR VOICE.

Below is the revised CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.





As a rape survivor shattering years of silence, I am compiling approximately 50 stories to include in an anthology of power, grace and forgiveness entitled, TO HONOR THE HEART: women’s stories of rape.

An anthology of this nature has not been written since Dr. Charlotte Pierce-Baker shared her survivor story along with those of 11 other women and 5 men (men’s stories about the women they loved who were raped) in SURVIVING THE SILENCE: black women’s stories of rape. Dr. Pierce-Baker’s remarkable collection was published June 17, 2000.

This anthology is long overdue.

I am seeking SUBMISSIONS from ALL women (African, Asian, Black, Indian, Latina, Native, White and all other ethnicities; bi, lesbian, pansexual, straight, trans, etc.) who have survived the trauma of rape and molestation.

You are being invited to participate in this ground-breaking anthology, a loving space to embrace all of our voices in telling the unspeakable to unburden and honor the heart. If you have never shared your story with another soul, now is the time to tell. If you have already shared your story as a rape survivor, this is another opportunity for you to connect with a wider audience.

The way forward is the tell. Our telling forms a much-needed community of voices. Telling is an act of courage that may help save a wounded woman screaming inside.

If you are in the surrounding area, in or outside of Atlanta, GA, you can arrange to meet with me, and I will interview you to record your telling, if you prefer.

This Call for Submissions will culminate in a printed and a digital publication. I am open to the following types of submissions: personal narratives/essays and poetry.


* Personal narratives/essays:   800 to 1500 words

* Poetry:   3 poems or no more than 1000 words

* Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, one-inch margins. They are also welcomed in Google Docs.

* You are free to use a pseudonym if anonymity is desired. You may also be included as Anonymous.


The deadline for Submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Send your submission to with the subject line as follows:

To Honor the Heart submission — [First name] and [Last name]

Please direct all questions about your submission to me at


Tener una semana dulce.




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