What: “Voices of Poetry, an East County Poets and Artists Showcase”
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18
Where: Barnes and Noble, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch (California)
Info: Luella Hill-Dudley, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sistahswithink.com
One might call her an accidental author.
Twenty years ago, Luella Hill-Dudley had been planning to self-publish a book of poetry — just one copy of “Reflection of My Mind”as — a special memento for herself.
A conversation with a co-worker led to a flurry of excitement and support among her hospital co-workers. “My co-worker told everyone at the hospital,” Hill-Dudley chuckled, as she recounted how a batch of 1,000 books sold out in 30 days.
Today, 51-year-old Hill-Dudley is leveraging her experience as a poet, author and artist to empower other young artists so that they can gain more experience and exposure in the community.
“I want to empower upcoming new artists because so many of them run into hardships and don’t know where to go,” Hill-Dudley said. “I want to connect artists online and also help them network at meetings.” In 2012, the Antioch resident founded Sistahs With Ink, an international networking group that now has 1,000 female poets, singers and musicians, actors and artists. With such a positive response, Hill-Dudley quickly launched counterpart Brothas With Ink, which has a membership of 4,000 members.