First blog post of mitchellworks. The creative writing blog of Lana Jean Mitchell. Here I will post in addition to my writings my activities in marketing, selling and creating those writings. I will discuss your comments about my writings as well as questions you or I raise as result of our interactions, my activities, or that come up in the course of my creative endeavors. I might discuss the fact that I was selling poetry and my children’s book, A Birthday Story, at a multiculture market, yesterday, Sunday, September 5, 2016 here where I reside in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. I sent a letter of congratulations to the Des Moines Public Library today. The library is celebrating its 150th anniversary. (I visit the library both online and in the brick and mortar buildings quite often.) I have a Facebook page where I also post. I plan to link the pages. I thought about the page because I also post there. I’ve got old post that might interest you. Bye!

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If I Cry, Won’t You Hurt for Me?

I was torn.

If I cry,

Won’t you hurt for me?

If I don’t cry,

Won’t you feel unwanted, unloved?

Mama, don’t go, I said-And I cried-You don’t want to go.

I know:

You, like me,

Want the cancer to be cured.

You, like me,

Want the nourishment flowing through the tubes

To make it possible for you to eat again,

Mama, don’t go, I said and I cried.

You could be a cancer survivor,

If there is time to care,

To show love,

To lay on hands.

Mama, don’t go, I said

And I cried.

My tears, falling on my side of the shared hospital pillow.

Lana Mitchell

Great Poets Across america: A celebration of National Poetry Month (VII)

Copyright (C) 2012 by Great Poets Across America as a compilation.

Poem – “For Carmen: On Becoming A Woman”

A miracle,

It seems,

The strange new thing

That your body is doing.

In one day,

Taking you from child

To novice.

In one twenty-four hour period,

Your known world of play and carless fun,

Gave way to an unknown

Place of grown-up wisdom

And responsibility.

Cherish the wonder of your blessing,

The power to bring forth life

Has been added to your life’s possibilities,

Creating a place for you

In the future of humanity.


Lana Mitchell – Stars in Our Hearts: Finesse

(C) 2012 by World Poetry Movement as a compilation



Naming a Character

“Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower, steel, stich, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

I am completing the manuscript for my second children’s book. I’ve been searching for a name for one of the characters.  The father in one of the piece.  I think I found a name, but I don’t know if the decision is final.

Also writing an essay  to submit.

Will let you know how these projects turn out.


February 27, 2018

I’ve gotten comments about this “Author Page” of mine, (not in the comment section below, however.   The comments say that this is really not an “Author Page”.  An author page, I am told,  only gives pertinent information about the author and her (in my case) writings.  If this was truly and “Author Page”, that is the only information that would be on the page. A list of my works and my name, profile and photo on one side of the page and maybe at the top.   Is it obvious that I think differently about this? I would like to diaolgue with those who read the page.  But, maybe that is not the reason those who read the page are coming to the page.  Maybe they only want the above information, which is okay, but when I go to an Author Page, I note the most recent date of the items listed and if it isn’t sometime this year, I think the page is not being attended too. That’s my anwer to why my page has more than just the above information. Okay for those who want the above information, please look at the photo of my children’s book at the top, which provides some of that information.  I have an author page on amazon.com, that will give you additional informatio.

Please Like, comment and visit often.

The Struggle Is Over

Good evening Reader,

I just paid the fee to end the problem with the platform.  Posting resumes.  If you have been reading my Facebook page, you know that I have been posting there in the meantime.  Thanks to you who have visited this page looking to read my lastest post about my writings, book sales, etc.  (hahaha)  Next time you are on my Facebook, please Like the page.  I’m keeping it short today, visit amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles.com, Beaverdale Books.com to pick up a copy of my children’s book, A Birthday Story. 

Thanks for your visit.

November – Native American Heritage Month

Correction from last post:

Sherman Alexie, was not the poet from whom I learn about November being Native American Heritage Month.  I owe a thanks to Winona LaDuke for that information.

November is Native American Heritage Month said Winona LaDuke”  in an article titled “I am Tired of Being Invisible to you all” –  Inforum, inforum.co,  November 11, 2017.  LaDuke, an Ojibwe writer and an economist on Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation is also an executive director of Honor the Earth.

Simon Moya-Smith, CNN Opinion, “Some uncomfortable Truths about Thanksgiving” tells the story of the naming of November as Native American Heritage Month.  Simon is a citizen of the Ogala Lakota Nation and culture editor at Indian Country Today.  In 1990 President George H.W.  Bush decreed November as Native American Heritage Month.  George W. Bush signed into law legislation by Congressman Joe Bach designating the Friday after Thanksgiving, Native American Heritage Day – October 8, 2008.  See the CNN Opinion site for additional information.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) – January 27, 2018

Multicultural Children’s Book Day,  an online event that 1) “works” to get the books of multicultural authors reviewed and;

2) to get free diversity children’s books into the hands of young readers.  Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27, 2018.  See more information on multiculturalchildren’s bookday.com.

Women and Children First

Women and Children First’s Annual Wishing Tree Kick-off & Storytime Book Drive starts, December 2nd 11:15 a.m. to December 22nd.  The event’s goal is to put diverse books in the hands of area elementary school students.  If you are in Chicago drop by the store at, 5233 N. Clark Street, 773-769-9299, Chicago, Ill.

  A Birthday Story is my diversity book that would fit with their goal.  (smile)


Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts has renamed the College of Media, Arts and Humanities in memory of Journalist and Alumna Gwen Ifill. Ifill died in 2016.  Gwen joined Public Broadcasting System(PBS) in 1999 were she was working when she died.  A co-anchor of the News Hour moderator of  Washington Week, Ifill was the author of the nonfiction book The Breakthrough Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.  Simmons College President Helen Drinan in her announcement renaming the college said, Gwen’s example of leading a meaningful life and building a successful career stands tall in the mission of Simmons.  She further honored Gwen by stating “We are extraordinarily proud of her and so pleased to formalize her legacy at Simmons this way.”  goodblacknews.org.


My condolences to the friends, family, and Ojibwe people of Warrior Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Civil Rights Leader, who on October 31, 2017, at the age of 80 years, died of complications from pneumonia after open heart surgery. “One of the most influential Indian leaders of our time-” Tevye.   (KOS Liberation League) and dailykos.com – Ojibwe Warrior American Indian Movement Co-Founder And Civil rights Leader Dennis Banks Has Died, Tevye, Tues. Oct. 31, 2017.







Happy Holidays!

“Black Friday”, has become as big as some holidays. . .C. D. Wright’s poem is a good fit for this post since I’m also discussing poetry.

“Poetry seems especially

like nothing else. 

Poetry is not like,

it is the very lining

of the inner life.”  C. D. Wright


Black Friday

I started this post yesterday,  November 24, 2017, “Black Friday”, a commercial day that has become as big as some holidays.  I want to mention,  before I get into that short discussion, however, about the poem above by C. D. Wright, which I received on a post card from the Academy of American Poets, with the greetings “Happy Holidays”. It, C. D. Wright’s poem,  is a good fit for this post since I’m also discussing poetry.

The term “Black Friday” according to an article in the newyorktimes.com, was first used in a New York Times article in 1870.  The 11/23/ article by Hilery Stout, “Why Do We Call It ‘Black Friday?” also discussed other uses of the word black in reference to days.  A good read.  “Black Friday” has changed since the first Times article, from a day with a negative meaning,  to a day when businesses, professionals, etc.  celebrate the end of the day,  if they  are in the black or have made money.

I came across a poem “Happy Holiday” by Sherman Alexis, a Coeur d’Alene Native American in Washington, state which asks, “Do Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?”  Alexis says in the poem, he gets the question a lot.  I found the poem on versedaily.org or put his name in your address bar and you can probably get it.  Sherman says that “Black Friday” falls on Native American Heritage Day.  Good to know Sherman.  Thanks.

Shop Local

Today is another day to help small businesses.  I was selling A Birthday Story, my children’s book in Beaverdale Books, an independent bookstore yesterday.  John Warner, Biblioracle, a feature in the Chicago Tribune, says “When you buy at a local business, think of it as buying not one gift, but three:”  the recipient, the business from which you purchased, and you, because the stores remain part of the community for the “foreseeable future.”

Spirit Sampling

Spirit Sampling, the title of my manuscript that I submitted to The 17th A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.  The winner will be announced in the spring.  Will be back with you with the name at that time.

Showcasing – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder wrote the lyrics to the songs on Talking Book, a cd that I picked up last week.  I’m a fan of Wonder’s and like Talking Book, and most of his recordings, a lot of which are like poems to music.  Stevie was born blind in May of 1950.  He won 15 grammy awards during the 1970’s, which says that others like his music too, especially Jeff Beck on drums.  On reference.com the Arts & Literature section they talk about his many hits, his signing to Motown Records in 1961, the fact that he is father of seven and his work with Mrs. Coretta Scott King, to establish the federal holiday to honour Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He released “Happy Birthday”, which became a hit, and celebrated Dr. King’s birthday. kingcenter.org  also has information about his life.


Condolences to the family, friends and fans of Della Reese, Singer and Actor who died this past week at 86 years old.  Della Reese  played an angel on the T.V. series Touched By and Angel, and received four grammy nominations, seven consecutive NAACP Imaage Awards and 1998 Golden Globe nod.  Win she passed she was the pastor of “Understanding Principles for Better Living,” church.

Habari Gani!!