poets.org on James Baldwin

James Baldwin – sorry I’m 1 day late …


James Baldwin was born in Harlem on August 2, 1924. He was raised by his mother, Emma Berdis Jones, and his stepfather, David Baldwin. As a teenager, he worked as a preacher in a small revivalist church while attending DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.

After high school, Baldwin moved to Greenwich Village. He began writing seriously after his stepfather died in 1943, publishing essays and reviews in The Nation and other publications. He moved to Paris in 1948.

A major voice in the civil rights movement, Baldwin was best known for his prose written during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1953, he published his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (Knopf).  He went on to publish six other novels, including Giovanni’s Room(Dial Press, 1965), as well as several plays and essay collections, including Notes of a Native Son (Beacon Press, 1955).

Baldwin was also a dedicated poet, and he published one full-length poetry collection, Jimmy’s Blues (St. Martin’s Press, 1985), during his lifetime.  The posthumous collection Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems (Beacon Press, 2014) features the poems from Jimmy’s Blues alongside poems from a 1989 limited-edition volume, Gypsy (Gehenna Press).

Of his work, Maya Angelou writes, “James Baldwin was born for truth. It called upon him to tell it on the mountains, to preach it in Harlem, to sing it on the Left Bank in Paris. His honesty and courage would lead him to see truth and to write truth in poetry, drama, fiction, and essay. He was a giant.”

Baldwin returned to the United States from France in 1957, and after 1969, he divided his time between the two countries. He died in southern France on December 1, 1987.

Selected Bibliography

Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems (Beacon Press, 2014)
Gypsy & Other Poems (Gehenna Press, 1989)
Jimmy’s Blues: Selected Poems (St. Martin’s Press, 1985)

The Price of a Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948–1985 (St. Martin’s Press/Marek, 1985)
The Devil Finds Work: An Essay (Dial Press, 1976)
No Name in the Street (Dial Press, 1972)
Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone (Dial Press, 1968)
Giovanni’s Room (Dial Press, 1965)
The Fire Next Time (Dial Press, 1963)
Another Country (Dial Press, 1962)
Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (Dial Press, 1961)
Notes of a Native Son (Beacon Press, 1955)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (Knopf, 1953)

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: 
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


July 11, 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Boys Who Said NO!

It is with great sorrow that we write to let you know that the initiator and producer of our film, Christopher Colorado Jones, died on June 29 from a head injury suffered the night before. He fell from a ladder while adjusting a Pride flag on his home on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Christopher’s death occurred almost exactly six years after he organized a reunion of draft resisters at David Harris’s home in Mill Valley that launched the Boys film in early July 2013.

Christopher Colorado JonesWe are all shocked and deeply saddened by his sudden death. As the film’s director and advisory committee, we remain committed to completing the film to which Christopher passionately dedicated the last six years of his life as an unpaid, independent producer. His husband and co-producer, Bill Prince, is also committed to fulfilling his vision.

Born in the Bay Area, Christopher wrote his local draft board in 1967 that he would refuse to register for the draft when he turned 18 because he opposed the Vietnam War “for reasons of conscience.” Tried three times, he was eventually convicted and served 9 months in Safford Federal Prison Camp in 1971.

While in prison, Christopher documented prison life with a home movie camera he smuggled in (footage we are using in the film) and kept a notebook on prison corruption he observed. David Harris, who was imprisoned with Christopher for a time, said, “I think he was the bravest of us all” for his willingness to go to prison despite his youth and small stature.

After his release, Christopher spent seven years as the director of the Agape Foundation, which funded nonviolent social action projects. He later earned a double Masters in Social Work and Public Health at UC Berkeley and moved to Seattle in 1987 to work as a health administrator. He was especially proud of being on the Washington state Governor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS, which created Washington’s first large-scale HIV treatment programs.

He and Bill moved to San Francisco in 2012, and the following year Christopher organized the reunion of draft resisters that was the beginning of the film.

Throughout his life, Christopher had a fierce and tireless dedication to nonviolence and social justice, and this film is his legacy. Christopher believed this important but little-known story of young people resisting war needed to be told and could be inspirational for those involved in today’s struggles.

We feel some solace in the fact that, prior to his death, we had a full 90 minute fine cut of the film that Christopher had an opportunity to view and to share his input. It exists in large part thanks to his unwavering efforts that raised $600,000 to date from more than 1,000 supporters like you.

Christopher was last focused on seeking to raise the funds still needed to purchase archival footage and music rights, complete the final edit of the film, and promote its release so it could be viewed through broadcast and public screenings for years to come.

We pledge to redouble our efforts to bring his dream to fruition and honor his memory by finishing the film.

As a friend and supporter of the film, please join with us to honor Christopher and help fulfill his legacy by making a donation to complete the film this year.  

Christopher faced, and met, enormous challenges during his life, yet maintained a bright and hopeful attitude. He would offer “hugs and kisses” to all who helped and would often close with “Love and struggle.”

In his memory, we continue.

Love and Struggle,

Bill Prince, Co-Producer
Bob Cooney, Advisor
Robert Levering, Advisor
Sara Wood Smith, Advisor
Judith Ehrlich, Director
Steve Ladd, Advisor
Barbara Myers, Advisor
Lee Swenson, Advisor
You can find them on Twitter & Facebook as “The Boys Who Said No!”
Bill Prince, Joan Baez, Christopher Jones
Bill Prince, Joan Baez, Christopher Jones
Christopher leading the 2013 reunion
Christopher leading the 2013 reunion

29, 357 Followers! I had no idea!

Now that I know I have almost 30,000 followers (when did this happen?!), I feel I owe it to you to write more posts. Though it seems you like my reblogs too!

How do you feel about me posting some of my book reviews? Let me know in the comments section.

I just sent this message to who I thought was the DNC. Anyway, even though this was USA Today (So, even they want Trump out?), what I say still stands as far as the Democratic National Convention.

I can’t believe you’re asking if the most popular candidate in history should drop out! This is why Democrats lose elections. You want to tell us who the popular candidate is! Did any of you go to the meetings in 2016 to hear Bernie?! Do you know he got 20,000 plus people out everywhere he went?! Do you care?! Never mind, I know you don’t. You did the same thing to Dennis Kucinich.

You don’t really believe in Democracy. That’s why you won’t impeach Trump! You want the option to do the same thing! 
Bernie is the reason all the women got elected to Congress. Stop treating him like he’s a pariah!
Sherrie Miranda
Thank you for taking part in this official tracking poll. Today we are polling on whether 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, should remain in the race.

Bernie has been one of the strongest candidates in the primary race in terms of both fundraising and polling.

While there’s no indication Bernie will drop out, 35% of voters said in a recent poll from USA Today that he should.

We want to hear what you think, Sherrie. Your response is critical to tracking this historic election.

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: 
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Review of “For Colored Girls,” both the movie & the Broadway play (seen in New Orleans 30 years ago)

Sharing again for those who didn’t see it the first time.


Book cover "For Colored Girls"
I may be opening a can of worms with this, but . . .
I had the movie “For Colored Girls” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Colored_Girls)
recorded and waiting for me to feel ready to move through the emotions in Tyler Perry’s written, directed & produced version of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”
I saw the play in New Orleans about 30 years ago and I remember that I felt a profound sadness at the time. So I knew I had to be ready to go through a roller coaster of emotions while watching the movie. Emotions that did not include a lot of joy or peace. I thought this was the cast I saw in New Orleans production, but they would have been a long way from home. I thought this was the cast I saw in the New Orleans production, but they would have been a long way from home.
It should be noted that “Colored” doesn’t stand for the skin, but the colors of…

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My Response to One Man’s Idea of What “Accepting Gays” Means!

I wrote this some time ago, but want to put it out there again for those who haven’t read it.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


gay pride paradeThis is being reposted as I have heard this argument from many, so though I say “One Man,” I really mean “Many People.”

Sherrie Miranda responds:
June 30, 2015
Jim, you are mistaken and misled yourself. First of all, how do you know what God thinks, feels or Believes? Please don’t tell me that you got that info from the bible because that was written by men, men who wanted to put us in our place. Even Jesus’ writing is held by the Catholic Church and they will never allow their converts to know Jesus’ true feelings. BUT Jesus is NOT God, no matter what people may tell you.
Secondly, is there some reason that it is ok for children to be exposed to pornography, but NOT to the idea of Gay love and marriage?
Thirdly, if marriage equaled sex, then I guess children’s mind are corrupted since the day…

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This is What Failure Will Teach You

Very good points! Failure means you’re on your way to Success!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

A Writer's Path


by Meg Dowell

Have you ever tried something and failed miserably? It’s not fun. Sometimes you do whatever you can to avoid it, but it still hits you hard. And it hurts. A lot.

Everyone fails, or will fail, or is afraid of failing. Myself included.

To be completely honest (I will go more in-depth about this in this week’s newsletter, going out later today – subscribe so you don’t miss it!), there are a handful of projects I’m working on right now that I’m terrified to admit might not succeed. I am a completist. The idea of not being able to finish something scares me. But here’s the thing about failure: if you never fail, you’ll never really succeed, either.

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