Saturday, March 19, 2011

CX’s “Millionaire” Release Sunday 3/20 @ 3pm in Philly!

Greetings, Folks!

First, I want to share this with you, “Let us join together and hold light for the world
during times such as these.” – Please visit that website for more ways you can help, wherever you are. Thanks! And now, to our regularly scheduled thingiemajobbie:
I hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far! I didn’t want to say anything until it was fully, really, totally, and completely done-done-done, so as not to getten zie hopsen up, but I just released my first chapbook since 2005!
Mon, Tues, and Wed of last week, I compiled materials for two (2) chapbooks. Thurs night I met with a friend to do the layout, and we finished it just under our 3 hour timeframe.
Friday, I took the thumbdrive to Staples, where they printed a few for me to have that night. And Saturday, I picked up more copies to bring with me at my
Reading with the divine Janet Mason at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3pm! BBM is at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119, their website is The event is FREE, and there will be an open reading to follow!
About Janet Mason:
Philadelphia poet and author Janet Mason will be reading from her recently published novel Hitching To Nirvana, a novel of midlife and adolescence (Cycladic Press) is now available online and also from bookstores. Poet Maria Fama describes Hitching... as " 'experimental' in the best sense of the word. The writing takes chances that lead to a greater understanding of class, gender, mythology, love, friendship, and family." Visit Janet at
My chapbook is called “This is What a Millionaire Looks Like: Inspiring Essays” – a Curious BooklingĂ” by Cassendre Xavier. I am very happy with it for various reasons, including the fact that it’s my first full color on white background chapbook cover. I will have copies of “Millionaire” with me at the BBM reading.
Today I spent about 5 hours updating lots of online CX ordering thingies.
If you’re too far away to attend the event and would like a chapbook, you can do so by ordering at You can also order “Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal” in print and e-book format. (“Millionaire” will be available in e-book format within the next 2 weeks or so.) You can also print out the mail order form and mail it in postal-like with a check or money order, you know, just like the good ol’ days :-)
I am tha-rilled to report that I have updated to include all of my available full-length musical and guided meditations CDs. All of them! You can order one musical CD for $12, or two for $20. You can order a guided meditation CD for $15 or two for $25. And you can either pay online or mail in a check. So many options, so many opportunities for you to participate in the generous universe’s support the creative livelihood of the renaissance negresse :-)
All for now, folks. I’ve got still a few things to do before getting some of that sweet, sweet shut-eye.

Wishing the best for ye n’ yern,

Cassendre Xavier
renaissance negresse
“She Who Nappeth”

-------------------And below is my long-ass writer’s bio iffn’ any of you care :-) -------
In addition to her work as a prolific and recording singer-songwriter-guitarist described as “a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade & Enya (Steven M. Wilson, Borders Books & Music), “renaissance negresse” Cassendre Xavier is also a visual artist, actress, and a multi-genre writer. Her poems and essays have been described as “snappy” and “redeeming” (Karen Gross, Philadelphia City Paper) and been published in national anthologies including When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture Or Lack Thereof (Free Reign Press) and We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn (Mother Tongue Ink). She self-published several periodicals and chapbooks and has served as editor of Labyrinth-the Philadelphia Women’s Newspaper, and judge of two poetry contests (Barnes & Noble and Giovanni’s Room Bookstore). As a playwright and director, she produced the 5-castmember play Sex for Survivors, which ran for three days in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She currently is a columnist for Wisdom Magazine, and
released the print/e-book Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal. She is the founder and director of the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series at Robin’s Books/Moonstone (Est. 2002 and the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003, respectively. Cassendre is a recipient of the Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation for her work in art and change. For the latest news about Cassendre, and her schedule of appearances, visit
Number of times the word “ass” was used in this writing: 1. Sorry, folks. I’ll do better next time :-)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3/9 Lynne Rabchuk & Maleka Fruean – Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series

The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series presents Lynne “Inner Light” Rabchuk & Maleka Fruean

Hosted with live music by Cassendre Xavier!

Always includes Mixed-Gender Open Mic!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
$5 Admission
Moonstone Arts Center
110A S. 13th Street (at Sansom St)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Streaming LIVE at!

Born and raised in the big-small-town that is Philly, Inner Light managed to adopt a worldview that enables her to identify as a human being living on earth. Now, in her thirties (which she considers her second puberty) she is having much more fun being a grown up kid. Inner Light started writing poetry while going through a depression in high school. Though mostly unstudied in the art, she continued practicing her therapeutic craft even after moving beyond that dark period, in order to share her Inner Light with you, with the intention of inspiring hope and thought in others. Check out her newest blog or email her at iaminnerlight(at)

Maleka Fruean was born in Western Samoa, grew up in New Jersey, and became an adult in Philly. She's a mama, writer, artist, events coordinator, and aspiring activist. She's read her poetry in tea houses, festivals, communal houses, and bookstores all throughout Philadelphia. She recently had her first piece of flash fiction published.

Cassendre Xavier coined the term "renaissance negresse" in 2002 to describe her identity as a black female multi-media artist. She is a first generation American born, Brooklyn, NY native of Haitian and Chinese heritage who has worked as a musician, mult-genre writer and community cultural arts organizer in Philadelphia since 1991. Her 6 independently-released musical recordings are described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade and Enya" (Borders Music Expert, Steven M. Wilson). She also creates spoken word guided meditation and affirmation recordings under the name Amethyste Rah and erotic writing under the name Amrita Waterfalls. The founder and director of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series as well as Philadelphia's Annual Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003,, Cassendre is a recipient of a Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, which funds women and trans artists creating social change. For more information about Cassendre, please visit

The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing. The Series was established in 2002 at Robin's Bookstore, now Moonstone Arts Center/Robins Books, by and in collaboration with Cassendre Xavier Enterprises. All are welcome to attend and participate in the Series' Mixed-Gender Open Mic. For submissions information, our complete calendar, email list sign-up, and more, please visit (Submissions link: SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) to: Women's Writing Series, PO Box 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204.