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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Feb 5, 2021

In this episode Mark interviews Nadine Williams, a storyteller, a writer, a poet, keynote speaker and entrepreneur.

Prior to the interview Mark shares some recent personal comments, a personal update, and a word from this episode's sponsor.You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at

In their conversation, Mark and Nadine talk about:

  • How being a writer, speaker, and poet was something that Nadine stumbled upon after life threw her some curve balls
  • The way that writing became therapy
  • Nadine's career in construction and a trade show encounter that led to her first published article
  • The idea of a book being the result of the marriage between a writer and her pen
  • Nadine's use of the term "tears to ink" to describe the earliest therapeutic writing she had done
  • The early reading Nadine did as a child, and the oral storytelling tradition she grew up with
  • The experience of opening up for a talk that Michelle Obama did in Toronto in 2017
  • The poem "Us Women" that Nadine read for the Obama event, which was originally the poem "Us Africans" that she re-adapted
  • A custom line thrown in to page homage to Michelle Obama specifically
  • What Nadine learned from an error made at that event
  • The art of performance poetry and how all of Nadine's writing has that element of performance
  • The way that an entire poem can come from a single word
  • The significant event that led Nadine into speaking at libraries and schools
  • The art installations and nominations that Nadine was involved in
  • Advice that Nadine would offer to beginning writers
  • Some of the issues we have in Canada related to intolerance and people not being aware of their prejudices and biases
  • Nadine's 2021 Black History Month Theme - "Nurturing Hope through Allyship"
  • And more...

After the interview, Mark reflects on Nadine's ability to adapt and re-adapt both creatively and in an entrepreneurial way.

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Nadine Williams is an avid child reader, turned wordsmith, turned working Artist. She is a storyteller, a writer, a poet, an arts educator, a Keynote Speaker and host workshop Facilitator, a visual artist, and entrepreneur.

Nadine is the author of the books The Culmination of Marriage Between Me and My Pen, Love Rocks, With This Pen I Do Tell, and Pen on Fyah.