Poet, novelist, and spoken word artist Tononiya D reads from her most recent novel Cipher. She will also share excerpts from her novel Claiming What’s Mine and works from her book Poetic Symmetry. Join us for an inspiring night that explores the excitement and power of the written word.
“I think that I fell in love with words and the freedom that they bring way before I ever knew what love was, or what life was supposed to be.” Tononiya D.
They say that you get out of the world and the people in it, exactly what it is that you invest into it and them. So what kind of karmic energy do you think will transfix when violence, love, cravings, intimacy, regret, infidelity, jealousy, betrayal, passion, and secrets rise between lovers and friends? Will unhealthy cycles or the bonds of trust be broken as the women of Cipher set out to have their needs and desires filled at any cost? Loyalties are put to the test. Will the love, laughter, and support they have shared throughout the years be strong enough to endure the turmoil that lies ahead? Will their actions bring them the gratification they are desperately seeking or will the repercussions of stained love be so deep that it brings them individually crashing to their knees without warning.
Tononiya D. wrote her first novel Claiming What’s Mine because she wanted to create a positive picture for younger women that find themselves struggling with their sexual identity and the ideals of the people they love and admire most. Tononiya D. made the transition from writing poetry to writing novels with ease, all while making the book one that could be enjoyed by all readers. Tononiya D. quickly followed Claiming What’s Mine with her first book of poetry PoeticSymmetry in hopes of setting free the emotions of her past to allow room for her new found passion of storytelling, although poetry will always be her first love. Tononiya D. felt the strong need to write her second novel Cipher because she wants to remove all of the fallacies that have acted as wedges between women, especially women of color, that have kept us separated from one another for centuries and deprived of the knowledge, strength, encouragement, and understanding that comes from the unity of sisterhood.
Learn more about Tononiya D.’s work at http://www.tononiyad.com.