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THANK YOU…

Thank you for spending time with my work and writing here on Negression. I appreciate you taking the time to leave nice thoughts about yourself and your work, or my work, or to say hello. Certainly come by often for more.

Continued peace and many blessings, Kalisha

16 thoughts on “Guestbook

  1. Hello, Ms. Buckhanon,
    I’m a middle school librarian in central NY, and I’m pasting below the letter I just wrote to one of my students. I want to thank you for your books, Upstate and Conception, both of which have rung true for so many of my students. We so appreciate the heart-wrenching work it takes for YA authors to deliver books that will speak to our students and carry them to new heights.

    September 14, 2013

    Dear E,

    When Ms. B came to me this past week, saying that you wanted to once again borrow Conception from the high school library, several thoughts came through my mind in quick succession:

    1. “This must be some amazing book, and I need to take a closer look at it!”
    2. “We had such a hard time prying the book from E last year to return it to the high school.”
    3. “We still owe the high school library another book to replace one that got damaged when we borrowed it, and they will really not be happy with us if we borrow Conception again and don’t return it on time.”
    4. “This student of mine has made it clear to me that this book is important to her personally, and my job as a passionate librarian who wants to always respect and advocate for my students’ reading and learning needs is to hear her and react accordingly.”

    I went home that night and promptly ordered a copy from Amazon, so that you could have Conception and keep it to read and refer back to as often as you wished. When I got home last night, the book had arrived, and I was pleased to think about the happy exchange on Monday when I could give it to you.

    But in the early morning hours, when sleep is almost there but the day before and the day to come keep bumping in to keep the sleep away, I realized that my job wasn’t done. So this morning, I sat down with my coffee and started reading Conception.

    I have to confess that I’ve become somewhat jaded toward Young Adult literature: this can happen to professionals who spend their off-hours reading the latest offerings for their students, hungry for something new, something that hasn’t been said before, something that will change our students’ lives, just as a book somewhere long ago did for them. So I opened the book and started reading from this jaded place, and 20 pages in, I couldn’t even remember how it felt to be jaded anymore!

    What a story! What an author! What a compelling device to see the story from the point of view of the unborn child along with the pregnant child, both waiting for promises to be given and fulfilled! Kalisha Buckhanon’s voice is so real to me, I feel as if I must have sat next to her and talked with her for awhile sometime, somewhere. And now I understand, E, your compelling need to hold this book and to read it and read it again. This is a book that I hope you will read now, and keep near you to read again after you’ve lived a few more years, and again as an adult.

    Just as you don’t really know me – where I come from, what I believe, who has hurt me and healed me and held me – I don’t really know you. I don’t know what your life has been up to this point, and I don’t know your dreams and sadnesses. But we do know this about each other: I’m an older white woman working in a school library, and you’re a beautiful African-American eighth grader appearing to move with grace and intention through the impossibly tangled challenges of middle school. We have so little in common on the outside, but I wish for us both to know that through this book and our reaction to it, we have each touched a small kernel of the others’ deepest selves, and that will be our companionship.

    So take this book, E, make it your own and think of me once in awhile when you’re reading it.

    Love, hugs, and best wishes always,

    Mrs. C

    P.S. You should now go to Kalish Buckhanon’s blog, “Negressions,” http://negressions.com , which I have now bookmarked and will be checking back to often. She talks about other books that have moved and changed her, and I recommend that you explore them as well. Do let me know if I can help you get your hands on any of them!

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  2. Hi my name is Kalisha, i have read an visited your website i like it. It is very interesting, there are a few points i did not understand regarding this website im a young entrepenuer…….. i would like to know and understand some things maybe we could talk about an organization im going to be running very soon about young black women growing up in the world i would love your opinion on some of my work an im tring to get my web page set up so u can view mine…………………….,……..

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  3. Hi,
    My name is Destiny. I read “Upstate” Almost 10 years ago. At the time I was about 15 going through the same exact situation as Natasha and Antonio. Funny thing is, 10 years later the outcome is pretty much the same. (But he doesn’t get out until May ’15). This book is the ONLY book I have read over and over and over again, each time I read it and still have the same emotional reaction. I just want to thank you so much for helping that little girl I once was get through such a tough time with your book. It is definitely my favorite book of all time and I never really understood why until now.

    Sincerely,
    Destiny.

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    • Hello Destiny,

      Thank you so much for your honest and open letter. I am flattered my work is your favorite book. I am happy your real life story turned out just as well as my characters’, and many many blessings to you for a rich future!

      Sincerely,
      Kalisha

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  4. Since you are doing the darn thing re: a spate of your work being published seemingly all at once…I’ll save us both the redundancy of writing “yeah!” or “congrats” on each post, and simply sum it all up with this one sentence: “You’re all that, a bucket of chicken, and a large, orange drink.” 😀

    Keep making it do what it do!

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  5. Hi Kalisha, nice to meet you, and to read a little about you. Just reading about all the things you are involved in, and how busy you are makes my dizzy. I think your life, and your imagination, are both full and rich. I get the feeling writing is easy for you, and that you’re full of ideas. It’s not that easy for me. I don’t ever lack topics to write about, and sometimes it flows freely. Other times it’s like pulling teeth. I really admire people who can write fiction.
    Thank you so much for following our blog. I am honoured. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. And don’t be a stranger – come on over and join the conversation.
    Cheers, Alison

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  6. Kalisha: It was great to walk and chat with you last Sunday afternoon. I look forward to reading your work. If you have a moment, stop by La Maison d’Art, 259 West 132nd Street, on Thursday, April 21, 6:30 PM for opening of new exhibition “Who’s Harlem/Whose Harlem?”

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    • Hello Debra! I looked for you at the Schomburg Tuesday. Thank you for telling me of Dr. Willis’s talk. It was beyond uplifting. I missed La Maison d’Art by a hair. I was at Calabar Imports to see Farrah Jasmine Griffin at 6:00. Had I seen this I would have come to the opening at 8:00. I will be sure to see it this week. Thank you and hope to see you soon again!

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  7. Thank you! Thank you for your thought provoking ‘blog’ (rhymes with frog, wog, dog…why blog?). Solemn was chilling, so well written, it kept me reading. I’ll look for your other books. How did you know, I wonder? The idea of ‘removing the stain’ which I read about in this latest…becomes poetry.

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