Saturday, October 4, 2014

New YouTube: Fruean&Mystique at Women's Writing&Spoken Word

Dear Friends,

Please enjoy the video I took of Maleka Fruean ( and Phoenix Mystique ( at their recent feature at the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. 

Maleka Fruean is an unfurling of motherhood, writing, and community. She's read in communal houses and venues all throughout Philadelphia and has had her poetry and flash fiction published in journals with cool names. This year she helped work on a midnight imagining, baked a blueberry pie from scratch, wrote a witchy folk song, and took place in an amazing writing workshop for women writers of color. She's currently working on a collection of short stories. For more about Maleka, please visit: 

Phoenix Mystique is a wearer of many hats. She is a singer/songwriter/poet/mother/knitter/self-taught baker & cook – not necessarily in that order! She has been honing her performance skills for years and has performed at The Clef Club, October Gallery, The Art Sanctuary, 7165 Lounge, Sole II Sole Restaurant, Soulstock Music Festival and at various coffeehouse / lounge gatherings and community festivals. Phoenix is currently reemerging in the performance realm, after a hiatus to concentrate on the birth of her second daughter in February, and is now poising herself to reach new heights of artistic expression. Phoenix is also preparing to enter training to become a certified doula, as her other interests lie in women’s health & activism. So all in all she can sing you a song, bake you a cake, knit you a scarf, stir your soul with a poem and (soon) help you birth your baby…all while raising hers! STAY TUNED!!! For more about Phoenix, please visit,
, and/or

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)
Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & executive director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). Visit:

Founded in 2002 by award-winning multi-media artist Cassendre Xavier, the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is "a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing". The Series is free and open to the public, and always includes a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! 
We are always seeking new featured readers, from all walks of life and at all levels of writing "accomplishment". For submissions/information please visit or email WomensWritingSeries(at)

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