Follow up from last night’s show with Ronald Mason

Ron will definitely be back on my show. Meanwhile, check out his spoken word links:



My podcast is back! Click and go listen in on my talk Thursday at 8 pm EST tonight!

Check out my podcast 6/21 EST Thursday night at 8 and call in! My podcast series Culture Makers begins with Ronald Mason, who will be talking about his writing process, how he creates poetry and spoken word, and how he uses it to inspire and teach young folk to be creative and revolutionary in their own right.


New podcast coming June 21st at 8 pm!


My podcast show will be coming back later this month. Expect a special guest at my launch, and expect lots of talk about the creative voice and culture making for the community/collective.  If I find the energy after doing my chapter work this weekend I’ll post a poem or a short short story. Topic for the story? You tell me. Ghosts, witches, vampires, or aliens? Or something closer to Earth, like love, or something weird like a ufo sighting? Give me a sign, people. I’m watching the night sky light up with a coming storm, thinking…..



Who is the “you” and “I” in my poetry?

So, if you happen to know me, you may be wondering if I’m talking about you, or someone close to me or you. The answer is no. Yes. Maybe. Maybe not. Who gives a fuck? I’m writing about human experience and what we endure while living on this planet. I do include my twisted imagination and twisted reality and twisted feelings. I’m pretty strange in my flesh n blood world, so if my writing makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, welcome to my world. I might write about you one day. Let the world beware, said Catherine Tramell.

The Month is almost up. Not sure I feel like doing this in June. Holla at me and tell me.

Oh, and I’ve been holding back a bit. Look for me to just get straight up weird these last days.

Fire #30days #30days2018 by Cherie Ann Turpin


I noticed I wasn’t only woman standing in a long line waiting to pay for a vibrator.

Winter will do that sometimes, draw a crowd into a small room with an agreement to not make a fuss or advertise what you are purchasing.  Was it the cold inspiring women to go out and buy sex toys today? Or the new year sending us out to buy new toys? The woman ahead of me bought a simple crop and lube. She was dressed like me, in weekend wear for winter, nothing special or kinky.

I haggled over possible purchases, slightly disappointed that my old brand wasn’t there, that I would need to spend more than 15 bucks to get off this time. I picked up a button-type vibrator from the back of the store, then asked the clerk, a tall, slender, unassuming African American man with dreds, face piercings, and spectacles, to show me the vibrators under the glass up front: the pocket rocket and a similar device in red. The red one was cheaper, but only one speed. The white one had three speeds, and the fastest one felt like a jet. I got the faster one in white, and gave the clerk my bank card. He tested it with batteries, explaining why he opened the package.

So, do I just turn on my “pocket-rocket” and hold it to my clit? Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  Perhaps something more than that.  The beginning isn’t the sensation itself but the desire, and the desire may occur as result of creative work.


I find myself inspired erotically through writing, and not just as a result of a sexual fantasy.  On occasion I like to use the energy raised from sexual arousal and relief for something more, usually spiritual in nature.  Sex magick is actually quite stunning and often unintentional, something between two people-or more, if polyamorous.  When it is intentional, it can be almost overwhelming.   It is synergy of two or more souls in one space, an unspoken passion appearing in the room like a ball of light-or it is a ball of light.

Or fire.

When you are the only living soul in the room, however, one can raise that power through sexual arousal and relief, and direct it wherever you imagine it.  As women our erotic power is our own to wield and direct as we see fit.

For me, it moved me to publish my book, my poetry, and to heal from physical and psychic pain.  The carnal and the spiritual are in one space-my body/my spirit. The batteries die out, but the imagining and manifestation of pleasure holds endless possibilities.

One of those imaginings for me is for me to discover what I currently seek: a lover.

A lover is more than sexual contact. It is friendship, spiritual connections, and erotic feeling all combined.  It is doing the work of building intimacy as you connect bodies, souls, minds.


In the meantime, connect with your own desire and will.  Draw your lover to you, or simply that part of you sitting in a room someplace, neglected.  Invoke the Goddess to send out your message, and thank Her for helping you to remember that embracing your sexuality is not just about being with someone else, but also about being here with yourself, flesh and spirit combined and embraced.

Revel in touching the Divine within you.

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May 2018 #30days #30Days2018 Flash Fiction 30 Day Marathon Begins Today #CherieAnnTurpin


Expect me today.  Rules? Look for the hashtag #30days #30Days2018, and help support me in my push to write 30 stories (200 words or more) in the month of May. I will make the entire month this year!  Look for recurring themes and returning/continuing fictional universes, look for sex in lit, lit that shocks, lit from tweets, lit from odd places like messages, hashtags, dreams, fantasies, masturbatory fixations, and yes, lit from headlines.  I promise to not censor and at some point have you fixated on who or what is making a guest appearance.  Please comment, and if you really like what you are reading, please leave a tip in my PayPal Donate link on the left sideline.

My radio show At the Edge interviews Kathryn Buford @liveunchained about their Indiegogo campaign Tues Feb 26 8pm EST

warsan-1My radio show At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon is back with an episode featuring Kathryn Buford, Chief Visionary Officer/Lead Editress of Live Unchained, an organization that “represents black women’s collective and individual creativity.” “Live Unchained was born out of the desire to preserve, share and honor the diverse voices and experiences of black women across continents.” ( & 16396_10102254273779090_867894660_n

Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.

Live Unchained crowdfunding campaign:
Live Unchained artists promo video:
Live Unchained postcard campaign press release: &

Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.

The radio episode is HERE: