• Emerging From The Shadows: 2001 Marks The Publication Of “the dawning”

    (January 3, 2001 - Atlanta) “the dawning” by Dawn S. Smith begins with the forward “...we will embark on
    a journey that surpasses the very corners of your imagination, intertwining every color of the spectrum,”
    preparing you for a journey deep inside the hearts and souls of people.
    Broken into three powerful sections, “the dawning” promises something to everyone who partakes in the
    experience. “It’s like she takes something from inside of you and amplifies it in print,” sights Sotorria
    Calloway of Art That Inspires, a creative consultation company.

    The book opens with freestylin’ a portion revealing the artist’s jazzy side. Piling her sauciness into poems
    such as lawn of life, Dawn celebrates even the bumps and twists of a life-long journey. Her sassiness
    even escapes into the poems i got dreams and still got dreams showcasing her dreams deferred.
    The second sector, from whence we came, is a recollection of those in the struggle just to be alive.
    Readers are invited to hear the far too often silent voices of women in the works the slap before that and
    in the ghetto. Dawn pours her heart into presenting painful situations such as domestic violence and
    poverty that go undetected, or even worse, ignored.

    Finally, Dawn gives you a glimpse into her heart and soul with the final trimester, and there was light.
    Dawn celebrates the source of her joy and humility with poems like eagle and just because you want me
    to. It is here that she offers commentaries such as birthing the vision and boomerang. She concludes
    her collection with the finale, in the hope. Revealing the source of her inspiration and her purpose for
    writing, in the hope promises to be the most purposeful contribution yet.

    About the Author
    After the 1996 publication of “Cries of A Young Girl”, an eclectic collection of poetry, Dawn S. Smith has
    emerged with her sophomore work, “the dawning”. Promised to be even more insightful than her first
    offering, this collection delivers earnest commentaries as well. When asked the reason for the addition,
    Smith states, “So many people wanted to know where I stood on various issues. I thought “the dawning”
    the perfect opportunity to convey them.” Looking at the changing landscape of the entertainment industry,
    it is apparent that Dawn is only one of many artists who openly celebrate their faith. “It is very encouraging
    to me,” the author confides, “because I know that my talents didn’t just spring up from nowhere, they
    were given to me with a purpose for a purpose.”

    “the dawning” is currently available wherever Ingram books are sold. For more information on Dawn S.
    Smith, or november dawn entertainment, visit www.novemberdawn.com.

  • Poetry Reflects the Voices Of All Women

    by Whitney D. Greer
    (The Red & Black - 1997) Dawn Smith doesn’t want the poetry in her book, Cries of A Young Girl, to
    represent the views of one woman, but the voices of all women. “I base my poetry on what I hear women
    all over talking about, when my friends cry on my shoulder or what I overhear in public,” she said.
    A 20-year old junior majoring in film, Smith said she wasn’t seeking publishers for her poetry collections,
    but when a local company approached her, she couldn’t refuse. I never really saw myself as a published
    author,” she said. “But when Joi Bostic (founder of Nia Pages Publishing) came to me on a whim, I
    decided to try it.”

    Bostic who heads the University of Georgia’s African-American Cultural Center, began Nia Pages because
    she saw so many African-American writers frustrated with the publishing process. Smith’s book is the
    company’s first project. “I want to show the various desires women have in life, the many perspectives we
    have,” Bostic said. Popular culture dictates too often what people see as all African-American females’
    experiences, she said citing Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale.

    For this reason, Bostic felt Smith’s poetry had a wider range of feeling that reflected the experiences of a
    larger audience. “She has passion in her poetry,” Bostic said. “The messages are strong and useful,
    especially for modern women.” Smith said she sees her poetry as a continuation of her family’s creativity.
    “My grandfather was a songwriter, and my mom is an artist,” she said. “I’ve been writing poetry for as
    long as I could write, and before I could write, I recited it.” She credits her family not only with her creative
    touch, but also her strength. “Lots of things that would slow other people down in their pursuits don’t
    slow me down,” Smith said.

    Cheryl Sullivan, Smith’s mother, said her strength came from working so hard as an employed, single
    mother. “One time she wrote a poem when she was just a little kid, telling me that she knew what I had
    been through as a single mother,” Sullivan said. “She said that one day she would take care of me.”
    Smith writes her poetry in all lower case letters, except when she refers to God. She said it is her way to
    rebel against an old high school English teacher. “She gave me a bad grade in writing - on rules,” Smith
    said. “But I believe a true writer should not have to take a class - that contains your thoughts.”
    Smith often reads her poetry at various venues and events such as the annual Black Women’s Focus
    Conference, which is where Bostic first heard her work.

    “Sometimes people feel that I am male bashing, ”Smith said, “so I begin each reading explaining that I am not a male basher. Men are beautiful creatures. In fact, I think that even though my poetry is more focused on women, everyone can take something away.”