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Velvet Voices 21 Aug 19


Anjali Enjeti is an Atlanta-based award-winning writer, teacher, and Membership VP of the National Book Critics Circle, who Electric Literature recently named one of 9 Essayists of Color You Should Know About. She primarily writes about books, social change, immigration, and culture. Her work has appeared in NewsdayThe NationGuernicaThe Paris ReviewAl JazeeraThe Georgia ReviewThe AtlanticLongreadsAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionRewire NewsWashington Post, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the inaugural Fourth Estate Fellowship from Sundress Academy of the Arts; the 2018 South Asian Journalists award for Outstanding Story on Any Subject; three Pushcart Prize nominations; a Best of the Net nomination; first place and an honorable mention in the essay category from the American Society of Journalists and Authors; first place in the 2015 Prime Number Magazine creative nonfiction contest; and two “notable” mentions in Best American Essays 2016 and 2017. She has appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought and The Break Room, as well as Islam Channel’s The Report

A graduate of Duke University, Washington University School of Law, and the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, she teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University.


A person lives many lives and Mario Reyes (Papi Picasso) will walk you in great detail through all of trial and triumphs of his. Originally from Co-Op City in the Bronx, NY. He was raised in the 80’s surrounded by all the elements of Hip Hop on a consistent basis. Although the challenge of navigating contentious communities was always present, he was also inundated with artistic influence – dancing, visual, auditory, and rhythmic; all these senses were on full tilt and as a child he became the culture by default. 

Despite the best of intentions he ended up being a single father. This newly cemented amount of responsibility fueled his ambition to write poetry, capturing the nurturing sensations and the over protective nature of a father. He saw the relativity between his parenting, the need for examples in Baltimore’s community and the social issues that he volunteered his time to.

Poetry was the conduit to explain his thesis, but first he had to be a student of the game. Says Papi, “The moment I decided to share my poetry is when I was able to match my experiences with my lessons”.


Yecheilyah (e-see-lee-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, Poet, and Book Reviewer who lives in Marietta, GA. She has been writing for ten years and has Independently Published two novels, three novellas, one screenplay and four collections of poetry. She enjoys helping other writers through her blog. As a Book Reviewer Yecheilyah has reviewed over 30 books and was named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review Blogs of 2017. She’s a member of the Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Group and A Writers Path Writer’s Club. Yecheilyah is the founder of Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS Blog. She studied Professional and Technical Writing at Chicago State University, Computer Basics at Robert Morris College and Medical Assistance at Everest College. When she’s not writing, Yecheilyah is teaching and spending time with her lovely family.

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