“Being a woman means not only nurturing others, but also learning how to nurture oneself. As a mom, partner, daughter, curator of a literary Salon series and full time working woman, I sometimes have to remind myself that I also have to take care of self. Sometimes as women, this concept of self-care is a challenge, but I think it’s necessary for us to carve out time to take care of ourselves and our own individual needs. Ultimately being a woman in full bloom, requires us to nourish ourselves both metaphorically and literally (emotionally, physically & spiritually). ” ~ Juliet P. Howard, Devoted Mother and Partner, Lawyer, Writer, Poet and Activist. Founder and Curator of Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS).https://www.facebook.com/WomenWritersinBloom.PoetrySalon
I met JP in the Summer of 2013 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Harlem at one of her poetry salons. JP is one of the most supportive, sweet and humble person I ever had the pleasure to meet. That afternoon we shared poems and a little bit of ourselves. She was impressed with the whole idea of Canvas of Words and right away introduced me to her network and spread the word. Since that day JP has been a supporter and we have developed a beautiful friendship, she constantly checks on me and my son and we even set up a lunch date for our son’s to meet.
I admire JP’s devotion to her children, how she highlights their triumphs and accolades and her unconditional support to everyone that comes her way from her partner Norma who she constantly roots for to anyone in the community who’s making a difference. She always makes time to support by either being present or spreading the word.
I also admire her social conscious spirit and her crusade for women of color to be respected and given the recognition they deserve as well as the LGBT community and our Black Boys. It is admirable to see how she involves her children in this conscious spirit; you see her son Nicholas who I had the pleasure to meet and work with (Nick wrote an amazing essay for my website as part of the Black Poets Speak Out movement) by her side at almost every event and her eldest Jordan who is a musician, debater, scientist and politically aware poet. They both make their momma’s proud and as JP states numerous times, they are her inspiration to celebrate our Black Youth through her poems.
As a fellow Leo, JP is a symbol of Strength, Love, Resilience, Perseverance and simply a Woman worth knowing.