“My Inner Voice,’’ a book of poetry by Palm Beach resident Bianca Simone, offers a baseline of the desire to be liked, as well as other life experiences.
Author Bianca Simone Mitchell, pen name Bianca Simone, presented a poetry reading and book signing, unveiling her life’s challenges.
She was excited to announce the recent opening at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center, 1000 Vine Street, Daytona Beach.
Simone, 50, an only child and a first-generation American, born to Noel and Norma Mitchell, earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury.
She grew up backstage watching her uncle, Clive Thompson, perform with the Alvin Ailey Dancers and with her mom in Jamaica and on other Caribbean Islands.
Simone would write plays and short stories for her friends, and dance and model in Manhattan, Long Island, and in the Grand Cayman Islands.
She freelanced writing for a cable company in New York and with local newspapers, in addition to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The mother of Jordan Baptist, 21 – her only child – has helped other women who are dealing with life challenges. She was an inspiration during a recent poetry reading at “The Inspired Mic” in Flagler Beach.
Linking that venue is founder Michael Ray King, who delivers the writers, musicians, poets, magicians, and comediennes at the Hidden Treasure Raw Bar and Grill.
Simone, as a writer, can read anybody’s work; she’s not afraid to be in front of people.
“But, when you read your own work, especially when you write about things you’ve been through,’’ she said, “it’s almost like standing naked in a room full of strangers.”
More books coming
She was 40 years old before she told her parents of a childhood trauma.
Simone also is engaged to be married.
And, she will be moving ahead with the next book of the trilogy of “My Inner Voice.”
Artist Richlin Ryan, who recently transformed her artwork to a show at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center, will design Simone’s next book cover.
At a paperback cost of $8.50, plus shipping, Elva Thompson of Georgia Editing Service, LLC, is the publisher of “My Inner Voice,” which can be found on Amazon.
Homeownership help on May 11
Has your rental application been denied due to credit or other challenging issues?
Home Ownership 101 is the lens through which you can seek ownership.
The discussion will take place May 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Realty Exchange, 300 Palm Coast Parkway, N.E., Palm Coast.
Your host will be Realtor Sandra Shank, assisted by Cathy Heighter of Realty Exchange; Anthony Jones, Approved Mortgage; and Ralston Redoica of SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership).
The topics will involve a down payment, lending, income, and credit.
Space is limited, and Approved Mortgage will pick up your tab for lunch.
For further information, call Shank at 386-931-1420.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Joy Ragoonan, May 2; Carl Davis, May 3; Gloria Benjamin, Shirley Day, May 4; and Cleveland Gaddis, May 8.