UCF Alumknight, and now published author, Shelby Birch will be on UCF campus from Washington D.C. for her book signing hosted by Project S.P.I.T. A blog was written when the book was released last month (Read Here). Come out and get your copy from the author herself and enjoy a small feature from her as well next Friday, April 7th at 6PM.
Shelby Birch dares to unapologetically tell her story through anthological spoken word pieces of identity and love. Lit is a lens into the discourse of questions on womanhood, blackness, awkwardness, and heartbreak—all that encompasses her own intersectionality and worldview. Candidly conveyed, each unique piece reflects her life’s journey as she bumbles along the path from youth into adulthood. Lit enlightens. Lit lingers. Get lit, with Lit.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Shelby has had an interest in writing since the age of eight. Now a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Shelby has been able to use her voice to give life to matters prevalent in her community and world. She has competed in local and international competitions such as College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, Southern Fried and Brave New Voices. Shelby is also the co-founder of Project: SPIT, UCF's spoken-word student organization.
After Ace is murdered with no witnesses Diamond tries to move forward in life. Diamond has to face the truth in order to move forward. She takes Ace's place in the streets and searches for Ace's murderer. Will he find his murderer before time runs out?
The two themes this book revolves around is faith and forgiveness: two keys that will help every single one of us move forward in life. Diamond is my main character and character is a product of domestic abuse. The hope is to target people who can relate and encourage and empower them to make better decisions for the life they want. Understand that we all have flaws so you should Love You and ALL of you. Let your struggles shape you to be the best you that you can be.
Not only is Mr. Brown a long time friend, but he is an inspiration to myself as well as many others. Congratulations on your first book publication and the new writer credentials brother. Read more below.
Experience the ups and downs of a young man looking to discover himself despite all the challenges he’s up against. Learn how he overcomes societal stereotypes as a black male in America all while assuming ownership of the countless relationships he’s damaged and, more importantly, forgiving himself along the way. This powerful piece of literature was written from a place of pain and immeasurable remorse from the wounds inflicted throughout the life of the author. Ismael takes his time to address a lot of issues that are prominent amongst youth in black America—from lack of male role models, mass incarceration, and the inabilities to demonstrate or express love.
The book can be purchased on Amazon.com, iBooks, Kindle and at IsmaelBrown.com.
Here are some additional interviews/links I have speaking on social issues within the black community and also the importance of the book: