"Filling the veins with a poetic flow"
This month’s Poet Spotlight belongs to Author/Poet Alfreada Brown-Kelly, who shares with us her love of poetry, and the pride of loving who she is and what she has become. A native of Louisiana, Alfreada brings to us years of poetic experience, motivated by her passionate views of her own self worth.
Among her books of poetry, Alfreada conveys her poetic worth in The Skin I’m In. She describes the meaning behind the 2010 release. “The message that I am conveying through The Skin I Am In is that I am who I am. I am happy with the person that I have become and I wouldn't want to be anyone else. I am happy with the physical, spiritual and mental state that I am in.”
Where does Alfreada get her inspiration? “My inspirations come from my life experiences and experiences that my friends have encountered.” Life is definitely poetry in motion, and Alfreada makes sure that her readers get the full effect of her experiences. She feels her style of writing holds no doubt in her views of the world. “I would like my readers to describe my style of writing as free and open. Most importantly, I want my readers to state that I am a poet who writes about real issues and address the issues.” The poet also explains the effortlessness of her writing process. “My writing process is very simple. I can be anywhere and if I hear someone use a phrase or tell a story I will start writing. A prime example is when I became a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), I heard a speaker describe the process battered woman goes through. I constructed a poem called ‘Cycle of Abuse’.”
With years already given to her craft, where does Alfreada see herself in 5 years? “Hopefully I will be acknowledged as a poet who spoke about real life circumstances.”
We wish nothing but the best for Alfreada in her endeavors!
Words of Advice: “Never give up on your dream.”
Getting To Know Alfreada Brown-Kelly: Alfreada Brown-Kelly is an author of poetry who lives in Hampton, Virginia. Alfreada is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana and previously lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for ten years. Alfreada has been writing poetry for years and has started on a children’s collection called the Victoria E. Kelly Series. Alfreada is a graduate of Nicholls State University and a graduate student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is an avid reader who enjoys reading poetry, biographies and Christian and contemporary literature. Transformation of The Mind, Body & Soul (2008) is her first book of poetry. Her second book of poetry is The Skin I Am In (2010). Her third book is a woman’s anthology, titled Why Women Weep. Why Women Weep was released in June 2011. Alfreada’ s poetry has been featured annually in Ancestral Rites, a poetry anthology published by BookClubEtc, Praise Magazine, and Hampton Roads My Time magazine, (September 2010 and January 2009), The New Journal & Guide newspaper and Diversity Times newspaper. For more information please visit her web site at www.alfreadabrownkelly.com or email her at
In Her Words:
The Skin I Am In
The skin I am in
Belongs to me
Soft and silky
Smooth and sexy
Dark and alluring
Nothing excites me more
Than the appreciation
Of the skin I am in
I may not be a perfect ten
But I am proud of the skin I am in.
Websites: “I have a web site but my pay-pal account is inactive. However, if someone would like to order my book, they can do so by sending a check or money order to Alfreada Brown-Kelly, P. O. Box 3631, Hampton, VA 23666.”
The website is www.alfreadabrownkelly.com
Poetry is the first love of so many including the POV team. We’ve enjoyed the many up and coming poets who have graced our pages over the years. There’s nothing better than a good old poem to warm the soul!