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In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. THE UNROOTED BLOOM was originally selected by Nomadic.
Poetry. Family & Relationships. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies.
”From the first time I ‘met’ Amber – Quotes cause we were online in the early days of COVID – we were on a podcast together .. I was immediately infected by her spirit and love. As a fellow walking wounded, I recognized her as tribe. THE UNROOTED BLOOM and the way each page spoke to, as well as, into my soul is a journey of Black life, of half-breeds like me, from chapter one where she speaks courageous truths about those that birthed us into this world that many of us will choke on until we take our last breaths. Vulnerability, rage, sorrow jumps off the page as her pen pours out hope, bruising, fear and prayers for the men and children in our lives & she ends with where so many of us must (and cause we’re Black – do) if we are to survive – self love, forgiveness and redemption. Brilliant work. Amazing Woman. Fierce warrior who fights for her people (and most importantly for herself) in the streets and on the page.” – Cat Brooks
”The raw and tender truths that map out the shard sharp pain and deep dull ache beside the unrelenting resilience in this exquisite poetic plea, wail, and declaration personify the writer and the woman behind the words. They are a gift that Amber Allen-Peirson has dared to share with us all.” – Nina Vincent
”THE UNROOTED BLOOM is one of the most fearless collection of poems I have ever seen dance. Both a garden of blades and gallery of gentle portraiture, here is a feast for your psyche. Allen-Peirson is a poet like two thousand incarnations of an ever-offered heart. In her hands, poetry achieves no greater power.” – Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate
Amber Allen-Peirson, aka Clarity is a powerful, empathic poet, activist, educator, orator, and consultant focused on being a catalyst for self-development and healing. She weaves her lived experiences, emotions and stories into literal metaphors, provoking reflection and visceral sensations in listeners. The process of writing is profoundly spiritual, like prayer for Amber. What she produces is a treat for human consumption. Amber coaches people and communities into seeking justice, achieving dreams, healing wounds, repairing relationships, and building stronger identities. Born and raised in Oakland, CA, she raised her son in the Bay Area where she still resides.