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Here is what I'm up to and a few glimpses of what I have done. Keep an eye out for me. I'll be out and about speaking at an event near you. If you need a dynamic speaker for your next event, contact me. 

California Writers Club
Sacramento Chapter

with Guest Speaker

Jacquelyn Smithson Howard


The lessons are the blessings. I help people tell their stories in ways they never thought possible!

About the speaker:

  • I write between the lines.

  • I don’t follow academic rules.

  • I follow my own God-Winks and Heartsongs.

  • I am stubborn and unapologetic.

  • The Dash is the Journey.

  • I speak my truth and invented the "Giggle-N-Smooch Club" in my writing with the influence of my parents. 

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at the African Market
July 16, 2022
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm PT

Thank you to Damani Sukumu for inviting me to be the Guest Speaker for this month's venue. It is a joy for me to get back on the mic and share with the community my love of poetry and short stories.

It is fun to share the stage with other young creatives. 

The African Market Place at 2251 Florin Rd, Sacramento is the hub for independent Black Entrepreneurs.

Celebration Arts Theater Annual Storytelling Festival
4469 D Street, Sacramento, CA - November 13-15, 2015
Writers' Next Steps
November 6, 2021
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT

Whether you attended the Introduction To Writing Workshop last month, or If you've already started writing your book, this ZOOM workshop will address what comes next.


Follow this link to reserve your spot in the workshop:


Make sure once you pay that your email address is the one you want the ZOOM link sent to. Otherwise, send an email to with the preferred email address. The ZOOM link will be sent to the email you provide.

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Introduction to Writing
October 2, 2021
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm PT

Ever thought about writing a book? How do you get started? Join this ZOOM call to learn a few simple steps to start an action plan to write your book.


Follow this link to reserve your spot in the workshop:


Then send an email to The ZOOM link will be sent to the email you provide.

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Yuba Sutter Arts and Culture Poetry Square

April 15, 2021

Diane Funston (Marysville, CA), Tom Lynch Tehachapi, CA, Jacquelyn Howard (Elk Grove, CA), and Marge Merrill (Buffalo, NY)

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* * COVID19 Global Pandemic Feb 2020-Sept 2021 (Millions dead) * *
Listen & Be Heard
December 1, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Geery Wm J Theater
2130 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
SOAR - Equipping and Inspiring Women
Book Launch
October 20, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
WorkFlow Lounge, 9912 Business Park Drive, Ste. 170
Sacramento, CA 95827
Rhythm & Poetry/Artist Showcase/
Word Wizards
October 18, 2018
7:45 - 10:30 pm
Underground Books
VIP Reception for Walter Mosley
October 12, 2018
"The Lighthouse 4 Today's Viewers" on Access Sacramento (Channel 17) September 12, 2018

I was invited to join Producer Nahid Kabbani of One World 4 Love & Peace to tape an episode of her show. This episode discusses poetry and writing with fellow poets Nadya Terman, Mash Cherney, and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas. Imagine being invited to a watch party in my honor!

June 23, 2018
Writer's On the Air Double Feature
9:30 - 1:00 pm
Word Wizards With the Gift of Medicine Album
Featured on two tracks


Track 7 - Amen

Track 8 - I See You

1st Anniversary Celebration!! & Album Sneak Peek
8:00 - 11:00 pm
Keynote Poets & Writers of Sacramento Featured Poet
Stellar Studios at 202 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 
Friday, January 19, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 pm
Rhythm & Poetry Co-Feature
Stellar Studios at 202 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 
Thursday, December 28, 2017
7:45 - 10:30 pm
Author's Book Signing
WorkFlow Lounge at 9912 Business Park Dr., Ste. 170, Sacramento, CA
Saturday, December 16, 2017
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Galaxy Bean Coffeehouse
October 28, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Luna's Cafe
September 21, 2017 (8:00 - 10:00 pm)

Writers On The Air Open Mic

Listen to the recordings from WOA's sessions with me.

March 24, 2018
January 27, 2018
October 28, 2017
September 28, 2017
August 26, 2017  Featured Poet
July 22, 2017
June 24, 2017
April 24, 2017
Sacramento Black Book Fair - Participating Author
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Coffee & Conversation Book Compilation Featured Author
Liaison Lounge at 2667 Alta Arden Expressway, Sacramento, CA
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Senior Speaks GOS Art Gallery Studio
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 1825 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Underground Books - Women's History Month
Featured Author
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 2814 35th Street, Sacramento, CA
Luna's Cafe & Juice Bar Poetry Unplugged
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, CA
2016 Sacramento Public Library Foundation Authors On the Move!
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3:30 - 10:00 pm, Hyatt Hotel, Downtown Sacramento

I enjoyed this experience so much that I went back and performed in this storytelling festival for the next 6 years.

Jammin' on the Delta King - Sacramento's Own Variety Show
Old Sacramento - Friday, November 6, 2015
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