Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Dead Dogs Don’t Bark & Dead Lions Don’t Roar by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

Hello! I’m Tolu A. Akinyemi and this is one of my tour stops during my one-month book tour for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Lions Don’t Roar. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. The tour runs Nov 5-30, 2018.  Authors book your own tour here.


Genre: Poetry
Introducing Tolu Akinyemi
Tolu Akinyemi was born in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria and currently lives in the United Kingdom. Tolu Akinyemi is an exceptional talent, out-of-the box creative thinker, a change management agent and a leader par excellence. Tolu is a business analyst and financial crime consultant as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with extensive experience working with leading Investment banks and Consultancy Firms. Tolu is also a personal development and career coach and a prolific writer with more than 10 years’ writing experience; he is a mentor to hundreds of young people. He worked as an Associate mentor in St Mary’s School, Cheshunt and as an Inclusion Mentor in Barnwell School, Stevenage in the United Kingdom, helping students raise their aspirations, standards of performance and helping them cope with transitions from one educational stage to another.
Tolu has headlined and featured in various Open Slam, Poetry Slam, Spoken Word and Open Mic events in the United Kingdom. He also inspires large audiences through spoken word performances, he has appeared as a keynote speaker in major forums and events in the United Kingdom and facilitates creative writing masterclasses to all types of audiences.
In March 2018 he was endorsed by the Arts Council England as an ‘Exceptional Talent’.
About The Book
Dead Lion Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses. Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future. The uplifting book will appeal to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day to day struggles. Many of the short verses will resonate with readers, leaving a sense of peace and well-being.
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 Excerpt for Dead Lions Don’t Roar
A motivating and inspiring book of poetry should always leave the reader with thoughts about personal development and doses of inspiration … and that is exactly what Dead Lions Don’t Roar does. Whilst the poem entitled the name of the collection speaks volumes about using our gifts and talent and finding our own unique roar, there are a number of other poems that share the essence of the book. Here is a sneak peak of one such poem:
If Men were God
There would be no more us,
Long Dead and buried,
Forgotten with the times,
An atonement for our sins
If men were God….
This poem makes us think about what each of our individual role and purpose is in life, which will then motivate us to achieve…our very best. This is the entire purpose of Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar.
About The Book
Dead Dogs Don’t Bark is the second poetry collection from the acclaimed author, Tolu A. Akinyemi. With a similar tone and style to Dead Lions Don’t Roar (Tolu’s first poetry collection) this follow up masterpiece is nothing short of pure motivation. The poems cover a range of topics that many in life are aware of, that the Author himself has experienced and that we all, whatever our age, need support in. Beautifully written, the poems speak volumes to all age groups as they feature finding your inner talent, celebrating your individuality and distinct voice. The poetry collection has didactic elements for evaporating the effects of peer pressure and criminality amongst many others. Also covering mental health, relationships, career focus, and general life issues, the poetry is bitter sweet, amusing and thought provoking in turns.
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2qaFPml  
Excerpt for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark
A follow on to the success of Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark goes one step further. As well as self-motivation, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark digs deep into society, into behavior and into relationships that make existence worthwhile. An insight into the true power of the collection rings strong in the following snippet:
Cuddle up to Excellence
Else Mediocrity can catch up with you like a heatwave
Released in full force like a loaf oven baked
The days of long service awards are over
If your dream is to buy a Range Rover
Then you have to embrace excellence
This poem reinforces that it is healthy to have dreams and ambitions but that we must remember to strive for them and not just expect them … not taking things for granted and putting your best foot forward in life encapsulates the resonating theme of Dead Dogs Don’t Bark.
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Tonight on the Write Stuff–Tears and Smiles with Willard Carpenter

tearsFor anyone who has ever cried and laughed; ever lost a dear one; or gained a new love; or
experienced the tenderness of a child’s hug.
“Tears and Smiles” is a book of poems and sketches for the person who has experienced or questioned any part of his or her life.
It empathizes with you, the reader.

Join us for a wonderful conversation with Willard Carpenter, author of the poetry collection entitled “Tears and Smiles”. Listen in at 646-68-8485. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10933685.

williardWillard (Will; Sarge; Doc) Carpenter is a complex man of diverse interests. A soldier by nature he responds to people who chide him for using sir with them by saying “You can take the sergeant out of the Army but not the Army out of the sergeant.”

A born again Christian, he cautions ‘folks’ not to mistake his faith with weakness. He is not shy when it comes to going to war on principle, but shy’s away from conflict.

Mr. Carpenter does not like sports but enjoys shooting and horsback riding. he collects art and wines and listens to slow romantic soundtracts while writing. He relaxes by reading usually at night before falling to sleep.

Having spent a lifetime caring for children whether as a nurse, foster parent or father of exchange students he enjoys passing out ‘lollies’ to what he calls ‘young uns’ at his hoagie restaurant.

A romantic, he loves movies and books that take him to ‘that’ place. He adores his wife who loves sharing those interests with him. With their children grown and out of the house they enjoy each other’s friendship by traveling, watching reality TV and holding hands.

As they had done for the past 30 years they talk about everything. They love to talk. After his wife he loves his children more than his own life. He is not their friend but their father and that word to him is everything.

Will Carpenter is a faith filled family man, happily married for twenty eight years. He spent eleven years in the U.S. Army as medical specialist, army recruiter, army scout medic and clinical specialist.

He is also a retired nurse with twenty-nine years of experience in various settings to include areas of emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

A business owner he resides near Honey Brook, Pa, an Amish community. This has enabled him to thoroughly research their deep-rooted faith and culture.

Write Stuff Author Spotlight Life & Love by Taneisha Grace LaGrant

WriteNow Literary is pleased to announce Life & Love, by Taneisha Grace LaGrant Virtual Book Tour. June 26-30, 2017.
Print Length: 158 pages
Publication Date: April 14, 2017

Genre: Poetry

Love is a journey. Step 1. Fall in love. Step 2. Experience conflict. Step 3. Move on and heal or heal together. Is love really like this formula though? It all seems so simple.

This volume of poetry is broken up into similar sections where Taneisha LaGrant takes you on the journey of falling in love, fighting to stay in love and learning the most important discovery of it all. The key to what’s missing can’t be found in everyone else but it can be found in this volume of poetry. Stay tuned until the end and you may discover the most important aspect of love there ever was to be discovered.

Taneisha LaGrant is a poet from Gretna, Florida. She is the author of Life & Love Volume I (April, 2017) and is currently working on her novel The 6th Month Vow. Taneisha has a Bachelor’s degree in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Taneisha resides in Washington with her husband and two children.

Taneisha LaGrant is a poet from Gretna, Florida. She is the author of Life & Love Volume I (April, 2017) and is currently working on her novel The 6th Month Vow. Taneisha has a Bachelor’s degree in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Taneisha resides in Washington with her husband and two children.

Section I: In Love Love is staying true to who you are, yet having the ability to give to someone else. It’s not because they forced you to but because you desire to serve them, and they desire to serve you. The submission between two equal parties, knowing each other’s needs along with the desire to grow closer together, while still maintaining unique individual identities. Love is becoming one and still maintaining a sense of self with no jealousy or envy of the other person. Life & Love Volume I.

Tour hosted by Write Now Literary 
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Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Healing Touch of Poetry with Jim Landwehr

Write StuffI love interviewing poets on my show. They have such a unique gift. Poets can take words and encapsulate an idea, a revolution, a thing, or an experience and with lyrical acuity,  give the world a poem that reaches to the deepest part of the human soul.

Join me as I talk with returning guest Jim Landwehr as we discuss his collection, Reciting from Memory.  One reviewer states:

Jim Landwehr’s Reciting from Memory centers on a man’s reflection of his past, his present and more. Not all of his experiences are good, but that doesn’t prevent him from enjoying what he has. His language is simple and direct; with it, Landwehr paints stunning images. A five-year old daughter swinging on a swing matures into a coed, a meeting with an old friend, and the fleeting memories of a father taken from his family far too early can be found here, delighting the reader. I especially enjoyed the homage to Kerouac’s On the Road and the decade chronicling Mash Up poems. Reciting from Memory lets us look into the poet’s life and mind, sharing with him all that he has experienced.” ~ Arthur Turfa, author of Places and Times

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Places and Times with Arthur Turfa

Write StuffHave you ever wanted to travel back to a time where you were the happiest? Did you want to hold that memory in your hand and relive the experience over and over again? Places and Times is the poetry collection that explores some of the best moment of our lives — from the mundane to the extraordinary, it is a collection of works that expresses happy times and places. Saturday mornings and trips to the beech. From the U. S. to Europe and Mexico, this collection of words highlights the beauty of nostalgia.

Join Arthur Turfa and I as we discuss his poetry. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/8825943. Tune in!


Places and TimesBook of original poetry covering places, times, and people who have had an influence on me.












About half of my life has been spent in various parts of Pennsylvania. I was born in Pittsburgh, and spent 11 years south of there in the Monongahela Valley. My family moved to suburban Philadelphia, where I went to high school.

    Most of the time since has been spent in New Mexico, California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Germany, although I did live for another 13 years in Pennsylvania: Philadelphia itself and Luzerne County.
     My career path has been bi-vocational; I am a Lutheran pastor and Army chaplain (Retired Reservist with veteran status) and educator on secondary and post-secondary levels. I have taught twenty years on the secondary level in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and more recently, South Carolina. Additionally,  have taught about 30 classes as an adjunct instructor at two-year and four-year colleges in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. 

     I wrote a lot of poetry when younger, then I took a 20-year break, and resumed around 2002. 
eLectio Publishing released my first book of poetry, “Places and Times” in April 2015. Sine then I have been giving readings and appearing at author events.
    If you would like the purchase the book, I suggest buying from the publisher, since that is the best deal:
     However, if buying from amazon, Barnes & Noble, or another vendor makes better sense for you, please do that. I thank you very much and ask that you also review it on Amazon or Goodreads.
     Currently I live in the Midlands of South Carolina with or near my family. Thanks for stopping by to learn some more about me. 

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Murmurings of a Mad Man with John Kaniecki **UPDATED TIME AND LINK**

Write StuffFor this edition of the Write Stuff, I have the pleasure of showcasing John Kaniecki, author and poet.

John lives with the reality of bi polar mental illness. This condition has had a great impact on John’s life and his walk with God. The ailment began when John was twenty years old and continues to this day. With proper medication John functions fine. However it was a great cross to bear initially. An overwhelming one. Now twenty eight years later reflecting back John can appreciate the lessons learned from the struggles.

The book, “Murmurings of a Mad Man” are poems that are reflections from a time when John was committed to Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. At that time many who should have been sources of support simply vanished. Alone in Dorm Sixty Two, John came to grips with the serious of the problem. This came with the full realization that only God can solve our greatest problem

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MadmanMurmurings of a Madman is a psychological and spiritual exploration of mental illness from the point of view of the mentally ill person. With appearances by Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, and Crazy Horse as the poet’s ego, super ego, and id, this poignant collection of poetry will astound, confound, and show the light of hope that can penetrate any situation…the light that only comes from hope in Jesus Christ

Looking Back — Fifteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


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Fifth grade!

The Wall and Beyond was the first time I’d ever had a poet on the show. I’d been trying to get them for a while but one wonders if poet’s are shier than writers. Perhaps, as I discovered from the episode, a poet has a unique way of expression. Poetry is an expression of the heart. A subtle song of ideas, impressions, and feelings to describe the world around them. But it’s more than that.

Another thing this show did was take me back to my high school years. Back in high school, I was into the vampire trend then. So one of my poems were called, ‘When the Vampire Drinks’, a rather macabre thing. I wrote it when I was fifteen I think. Maybe fourteen. Then I wrote a poem called, “Whatever Happened to the Love for my Mother?” This particular verse was dreary and sad as the narrator reflects on whether or not she loves her mother. I recited the poem at a school function but someone made sure to let the audience know the poem wasn’t based on real life (seeing as my mother is alive and well and I love her quite fanatically) and it was a tear jerker. Then, the last poem I’d written was called “Death and the Dancer.” It was based off a painting an artist had drawn. The figure of Death was looking back at a Dancer bathed in light. He was licking his chops, a hungry gaze in his eyes. The image affected me so that I spent a week writing the poem.  The words took a note of sensuality and seduction.  After that, I stopped writing poems.  I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it back up again but the poet’s heart expresses.

The gift I received from this show was reconnecting to a childhood passion.  It brought back a lot of memories, and not just of poems but of reading books, writing short stories for class, and other great past times. I wish I had that unfettered free time like I had then!

uic-readJoanna Kurowska’s poems can be found int several books. In this interview, Joanna discusses her two favorite subjects she likes to reflect on — silence and nothingness. They seem like synonyms but as you listen, you discover they aren’t. Make sure you show her some love and buy her books today.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Wall and Beyond with Joanna Kurowska

King David wasn’t a novelist, but a psalmist. Thousands of years later, we read his words and they are a comfort to us in a way that stirs us to our souls. The King understood the human heart in a way I think poets of today have a unique way of capturing. Who can forget the way Psalms 23 calms us with it’s first line, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Of course, he could have written a tome on the Lord provisions but he utilized a very simply analogy that packs a wallop that has come down from generation to generation.
In the same way, this reviewer had this to say about our guest: “Her poems entice you with their simplicity and ease in reading and then stand you on your head.”

Poetry remains a unique methodology of the expression of the soul, of the heart.

On this episode of the Write Stuff, I will be chatting with Joanna Ewa Kurowska, spoken word artist and poet as she discusses her work, background, and shares her literary work with us. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/7717987 Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!

uic-readA bi-lingual poet and scholar, Joanna Kurowska is the author of five critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, The Butterfly’s Choice (Broadstone Books, 2015); Inclusions (Cervena Barva Press, 2014); The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013); Obok :Near (Oficyna Literacka, 1999, Poland); and Ściana : The Wall (Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, 1997, Poland). Her newest poetry collection, Stained Glass, is currently under contract with eLectio Publishing, while her chapbook Intricacies has been recently accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.  Kurowska’s poems, flash fiction, and scholarly work have been published in journals in America and abroad, such as Atticus Review, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, The Conradian, International Poetry Review, Episteme, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Room Magazine, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has taught at American Universities, including Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Chicago.

Joanna Kurowska emigrated from Poland in 1988, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.