featuring the work of Nordette Adams

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nordette adamsNordette Adams is a published poet and published fiction writer who should start submitting her work for publication again, say friends and colleagues. The poet grew up in New Orleans, moved away at 20, and returned in 2007. In 2013, at the invitation of Louisiana's State Poet Laureate Julie Kane, she participated in "Just Listen to Yourself" at the Louisiana State Library.

During her lifetime, she has worked as a journalist for weekly newspapers in Georgia and New Jersey and as a public relations specialist for a government facility in South Carolina where she ghost-wrote white papers and trade articles for environmental engineers, penned scripts, and produced documentaries. She also has worked at a New Jersey telecommunications company as a technical writer. In addition to writing for corporations, Nordette has written articles for regional magazines, and is currently a contributing editor for BlogHer.com.

In the Wild Wild West days of the World Wide Web, she began channeling her joy and angst through several blogs and by posting her poetry to the Web frequently. One result of her presence online was an experimental spoken word CD with the poet Aberjhani, who is also the co-author of the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, and "Rahkyt," a writer and musician. The CD includes her poems "Crecent City Blues in K" and "Time Travel at Newark International Airport."

Over time it became clear that her authentic creative voice was one reflecting concerns about social justice issues, and other artists online noticed her work.

Of Nordette's poem "You Know Why He Beat You," Pushcart Prize nominee Maria Lupinacci said "No lie, you made me jump out of my chair and say out loud 'This is why I love her work!'" And Patricia Gomes, who published Nordette's "Hurricanes of Roosting Birds" in the Adagio Verse Quarterly said of Nordette's earlier poetry, "I hear the voice of Ai (one of my favorite poets) in your work."

Aberjhani has described her work as having a "decidedly literary and sometimes womanist twist." Yet, she also has works that are decidedly spiritual in nature.

Some of her poems have become popular beyond the Internet, quoted in college papers and recited by college students at poetry readings. The poem "Remembering a Life," her tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been recited not only by school children and university students at programs but also by ministers and Civil Rights leaders at public events commemorating King. Another of her poems, "Behind the Color Blind," has been recited at rallies against racism, assigned to students for analysis in America, and even has been used on a high school English exit exam in India. Students were asked to compare some of its lines to a poem by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. More recently, creators of the Deepwater Horizontal Digital Collection requested to use her poem "Oil," which she wrote during the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as one of the artist reflections to launch the website.

Nordette's first poem was published in the New Orleans Times Picayune when she was a preschooler. When she was 18, Delta Sigma Theta used one of her poems, "Doubloons," for its national convention in New Orleans. During that same year, her choral poetry play For Those of Us Sequestered was performed at Loyola University of New Orleans.

The poet is currently considering developing her poems about rising violence in cities into a similar work, and she is also contemplating the work of Marcus Christian as a Marcus B. Christian scholar in graduate English studies at the University of New Orleans.

Always experimenting, she's created animated gifs for some of her work such as the poem "Misery" posted below.
 

 
She also put her short poem "The Green Green Grass" into an animated format.


 

 
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