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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:120
  • eBook ISBN:9780964018136

Message In My Pen

by Luella Hill-Dudley

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Overview
As you turn the pages, you will discover that poetry is nothing but a testimony of sharing from the depths of your soul. There is cleansing, washing, and healing of souls as the reader travels the journey with the poet. You will laugh and cry. You are there with the author. You will feel her pain. You are walking in her shoes, and through it all, you will gather the strength to triumph over the human spirit to conquer your fears and to heal your wounds. You will discover your purpose through your trials. And no matter what hand is dealt to you, after reading Luella's words, you will be inspired to walk in your destiny. You will find yourself on these pages.
Description
Like a mother giving life to her baby as she ushers him into the world, Luella Hill-Dudley gives life to her words as she pens them on the pages of her newest book, Message In My Pen. Her poetry is likened unto a smorgasbord, where there is something for everybody, from the young to the old and the in between. Luella, winning against all odds, becoming motherless at the tender age of one-and-a-half years old, abused in the foster system and then reconnected with her father at the age of seven, has not experienced life as a bed of roses. However, she takes her experiences and make a blueprint for others to follow when challenged with life's perplexities. As you turn the pages, you will discover that poetry is nothing but a testimony of sharing from the depths of your soul. There is cleansing, washing, and healing of souls as the reader travels the journey with the poet. You will laugh and cry. You are there with the author. You will feel her pain. You are walking in her shoes, and through it all, you will gather the strength to triumph over the human spirit to conquer your fears and to heal your wounds. You will discover your purpose through your trials. And no matter what hand is dealt to you, after reading Luella's words, you will be inspired to walk in your destiny. You will find yourself on these pages. Her poem, "O Fortunate One", reminds us of our duty to humanity. Excerpt: "O Fortunate One", where are you? Am I not your sister, your brother? Our bloodline connections is through Jesus Christ. When my child is growing weak and having nothing to eat, where are you?" As we witness the increase of suicide among men, and young Black men in particular, we will be touched by and will gain an appreciation for her poem, "Black Man's Story", where a man is holding a gun to his head. Excerpts: They don't know I speak five language, and graduated from Harvard. As I lower the gun to my head. I realize I am victim. I am not the one who should be destroyed, for it's one thing when the whole world turns its back on me, but I can't and will not turn on myself. If I destroy me then they win. I am warrior, not a destroyer. The poems in the Journey of Love Section are so deep and sweet. You can feel the love running from your head to your toes. And for those who don't know how to say I love you, there are many phrases that you can borrow from. In Message In My Pen, Luella takes you on the journey called "Life" and you are sure to pick up a few pearls and nuggets along the way that will help you to face life head-on, and you will know without a doubt that it's your turn to win, to laugh, and to celebrate living again.
About the author
On February 17, 1963, at 3 a.m., Luella Hill, a Southern girl, entered this world in Madison County, Mississippi. Her proud father is Henry Hill, Jr. and her mother is Rosie Smith. She was delivered by a mid-wife. When she was about one and a half years old, her mother left and never came back. Her father tried to raise her on his own. After he fought in World War I, his mind was never the same. Unfortunately, She never knew her biological mother. She was raised by her second to the oldest sister, Rosie Lee Hill, who lived in California. Prior to her being reunited with her biological family, she was placed in a foster home because of her father’s health and the fact that he was not married. Social Services removed her from her father’s home. Luella experienced child abuse from the age of 3 years old through 7 years old. She was beaten badly by her foster mother who suffered from alcoholism. She was beaten with a bull-whip, which blistered her skin to the point where she could not wear clothes and suffered loss of her hair. Luella’s father gave up everything he had in Mississippi and moved to California to live with his two daughters Rosie Lee Allina and Ethel Mae Love. When he reunited with them, he told them about Luella and that he wanted her to be reunited with her family. Henry delegated Rosie Lee to get custody of Luella. Her sister had a long custody battle, but she finally won custody of her sister. Rosie Lee and Annie Hawkins, Luella’s grandmother, went to Mississippi to get her. They traveled to California by the Greyhound Bus. Luella’s grandmother almost had a fight with the bus driver, because she thought he was driving in the wrong direction. Her grandmother had become one of her favorite family members, because she was a down to earth lady. Rosie Lee and Ethel Mae, Luella’s sisters are now deceased but they play a vital part in her life today. Luella always enjoyed writing but she never knew she had a talent for it. In the 1990’s, Luella met Professor Dr. James H. Todd, II, whom she shared some of her writings with and at that moment, he told her she was a gifted poet. He encouraged her to stop throwing away her work, because he felt she was a profound poet. In 1994, Luella decided to publish her first book titled, “The Reflection of My Mind”, which was well received. The City of Oakland’s Mayor, Elihue Harris, had written Luella to congratulate her on her accomplishment and expressed how he loved her work. The City of Oakland ordered copies of her published work for every library branch in the city. Luella was contacted by the education system expressing that college professors were requesting her book as required reading for their students. San Francisco State University, Laney College and Vista Community College were the first schools to use her work. When Luella made an appearance at Laney College in Oakland, California, Channel 20 news came out to do a cover story on her. This event was full of emotions by students eager to share with Luella how much her work had impacted their lives. Luella’s work had become an excellent tool for teachers to connect with their students and to increase their reading. In 1998, Luella’s third Book Release, “Solid As A Rock I Stand”, became one of her most popular collections of poetry. This book was released in retail stores and sold out immediately. The release had become another award winning publication. Luella made an appearance at Walden House where they embraced her and her work with open arms. She has been in Upscale Magazine, The Sun Reporter newspaper, The Oakland Post newspaper and many more magazines and newspapers. She also appeared on several radio and talk shows. Luella’s poetry has been published in several anthologies. Her “WE” poem won an award in the National Library of Poetry Contest. “The Reflection of My Mind” won the best book of the year award from North American Book Dealer Exchange in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She was also awarded the Black Book of the Year Award by the United States and United Brother and United Sister System in Hampton, Virginia. When Luella joined the International Black Writers and Artist Inc., the founder, Edna Crutchfield (RIP), presented Luella with a special award for her accomplishments. In 2011, Luella was appointed Vice President of the International Black Writers & Artist, Inc. by Richard Moore, also known as Paradise. She has also worked with many scholarship programs for students furthering their education. Besides being a poet, Luella has worked with Alzheimer and Dementia patients for the past 15 years at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, as a Certified Nurse Assistant. She really enjoys working and being around elderly people.
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