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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Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian – A Book Review

I reviewed Regina Anderson Andrews:  Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethlene Whitmire, for the Winter 2017, Volume 102, No. 1 edition of The Journal Of African American History (JAAH).  Here is an excerpt from that review.

“Mention the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance and the names of certain notable African Americans currently celebrated in Black History Month programs, and African American Studies courses immediately come to mind: poet Langston Hughes; scholar-activist W.E.B. DuBois; anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston; and novelist and literary critic Jessie Fauset.  Regina Anderson Andrews’s name would probably not be mentioned, but she was a contemporary of these luminaries, and in her position as librarian at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) she was, like them, an important contributor to Harlem’s New Negro movement.  Ethlene Whitmire’s Regina Anderson Andrews:  Harlem Renaissance Librarian is the first full-length biography about Andrews, though she is mentioned in articles and important books about the artists and writers of the period, such as Nathan Huggin’s Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) and Cheryl Walls’s Women of the Harlem Renaissance (1995).”




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.