Thursday, June 24, 2004

Local area poet and playwright achieves new heights!

Local area poet and playwright achieves new heights!

Delores J. Thomas is part of a new generation of African-American poets struggling with issues in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.

(PRWEB) January 20, 2004

Delores "Dee" Thomas started writing her career much later than usual. And though, she started just a few years ago, she is definitely making up for lost time. Delores, a single mother, has created wonderful and inspirational poetry, short stories, and most recently, a play. She also owns "Soft Whispers", a company that creates personalized poetry for all occasions.

While she began writing at a sad time in her life, her poetry is uplifting and certainly good reading. "I wrote my first poem to honor my beloved father at his passing just two years ago. My father was someone I looked up to and loved my entire life. I knew I had to tell everyone how deeply I cared for and respected him. As I sat down to compose, I suddenly felt the words flowing forth is a way that surprised and delighted me. My tribute to my father is entitled, "Thank You From Daddy's Baby Girl," said Thomas. Her poetry is about life, its highs and lows; it joys and sadness.

Delores has received numerous accolades for her poetry, including, publication in the International Society of Poetry's anthology "Reflections of Innocence." Delores was named Poet of the year for 2001 by the Famous Poets Society and also received The Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Acheivements in Poetry for 2001 and 2003, The Best Poems and Poets for 2001, 2002 and 2003. 2002 International Merit of Poet, 2003 Outstanding Acheivements in Poetry and just recently 2003 Poet of the year which included the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence. During Black History Month 2002, Delores' poetry was chosen with that of Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, to spotlight African-American Female Poets in today's society. Delores won the Tri-annual Unps. com poetry contest for 2001 and the International Open Amateur Poetry Contest from the International Library of Poetry.

Delores published her first book of poetry, "Treasures From A Nubian Heart," which is standard reading in several high schools across the country. She also has poems published in over eleven anthologies and a featured poet in three "Sounds of Poetry" CDs.

This past October 2003, Delores' play debut in Chicago. "A Spinster's Story" is an epic tale of a single female approaching mid-life, struggling with her feelings of loneliness as she begins to re-evaluate her life. After being diagnosed with a deadly illness, will she be able to ultimately make the right decisions concerning her health, her career and the man of her dreams?

In addition, this past November, Delores was chosen by Sun Publications as their featured artisan.