Stop Hurting & Dance

Dear Friends, I would like to extend a special thank you for your interest in my poetry book, Stop Hurting & Dance published by Pochino Press. Your presence and support is especially meaningful as I move forward in my writing and healing journey.  As an advocate and survivor, I find that it is extremely important that I help others find effective ways to heal. I too want people to know what it feels like to strive to be a thriving survivor!  It is my hope once you read this book, that you receive this gift of healing which will not only transform your life, but can empower someone else to do the same! Let your feet be your guide and show you to how dance! Once you do, you will never be the same! Your contribution will attribute to purchasing additional books for future readings, workshops, speaking engagements and more. Thank you once and again and may God Bless you on your journeys! Check out my 5 Reward Levels on GoFund Me for purchasing the book and I welcome more fun ideas as they come! https://www.gofundme.com/stophurtinganddance Sincerely, Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross Pochino Press presents, Stop Hurting and Dance, a poetry collection by award-winning Bay Area native Aqueila M. Ross (Formerly Aqueila M. Lewis) with illustrations and pictures by Bushmama Africa and Malik Muhammad. Lewis takes us through a deeply personal and collective journey going where the pain is and transforming it into a clear and resounding voice. Sharing her stories of overcoming fear, oppression, gentrification, and police brutality, she honors what it means to live with resilience. Praise for Stop Hurting and Dance: “With a rhythm that dances across the page, Lewis evokes, examines, and expressesthe righteous rage against any and all oppression. She draws out medicine from hercompelling images, stories, and language.”— Luis J. Rodriguez, 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, author of Borrowed Bones “Her voice is a healing voice that attests to the strength that women too often don’t recognize in themselves. Her book of poetry is a lyrical call to recovery and the path forward.”— Brenda Patton, Journalist & Oakland Voices Coordinator “This is a collection of warrior poems, though instead of sacrificing heart in the course of battle, the heart is the source of strength.”— Gina Goldblatt, Writer and Founder of Liminal: A Feminist & Womanist Writing Space “With the eye of a journalist and the heart of an artist, Aqueila has crafted vibrant poems of empowerment and hope.”— James Cagney, Poet and Author of Dirty Thunderstorm About Aqueila: Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross is a multi-talented, award-winning Bay Area Native well-versed in singing, poetry/spoken word, and journalism. Aqueila has studied and performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and is a graduate of Napa Valley College and University of California, Berkeley. Her book of poetry, Stop Hurting and Dance, published by Pochino Press, is a collection of stories overcoming fear, oppression, gentrification, and police brutality; she honors what it means to live with resilience, love and prosperity.  She holds the titles of Ms. Oakland Plus America 2014, SF Raw Performing Artist of the Year 2015, and was an Oakland Voices-KALW Community Journalist awardee in 2016 and Greater Bay Area Journalism Awardee in 2017.

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