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Self-published authors spotlighted in Zebulon May 18

Several local authors will be featured at a self-published author’s reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at A Novel Experience in Zebulon, including Kaleb White and Deanna White, B.A. Franc, Ann Lowe, April D. Berry, Cristian Carstoiu, Amuna Yisrael, Elizabeth Michaud John and T.M. Brown.

“This month we welcome a host of self-published authors who will be here showing and discussing their newest works. It’s a great opportunity to talk with folks who have made their dreams of seeing their work in print a reality,” said Chris Curry. “A lot of the authors will also have other goodies such as bookmarks, stickers and art of their characters!”

Among the local authors spotlighted will be Amuna Yisrael who was born Carol Joyce Grier and raised in Zebulon for the first eleven years of her life as the youngest of two brothers and three sisters. Introduced to poetry by her first reading teacher, Amuna tried her hand at writing poetry, prose and short stories early in her life.

As a young girl, she composed personal letters for her parents and other elders in her neighborhood. She participated in, and won her first poetry reading competition at age 9.

As an adult, Amuna lasted through to the final round of the 2019 Findlay Market Poetry Slam Competition.

For the past few years, Amuna has participated in Writing Circles at Women Writing for (a) Change where they were instrumental in helping her find her voice and hone her writing skills. In 2021, Amuna formed Dream Manifested Company, where she showcases her spoken word talents.

Amuna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati, where she was employed for many years until she left to pursue her writing endeavors.

She’s always dreamed of living the life of a writer, and feels that being able to express herself through writing is a gift. Amuna has lived most of her life in Cincinnati, OH, and has four daughters, two sons and 11 grandchildren.

“An important lesson I’ve learned along my journey is that the Creator won’t necessarily give you the people you want to be in your life, but will make it possible for you to meet the people you ‘need’ to meet,” said Amuna. “The people who love you, the people who hurt you, the people who help you, the people who walk away from you. All of them up inside your life are interfering for the good and for the bad. Those who’ve played an integral part in making me the woman I am in this life, you’ll recognize in this book, Where’s Zebulon, A Book of Poetry and Short Stories.”

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