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Call for Submissions: Fatherless Daughters Project


Top Quote An upcoming anthology, "Daddy's Girls", is seeking women and girls of color who grew up little, no, or strained relationships with their father. Participants are encouraged to send in prose, poems and artwork about how growing up without a father shaped their lives. There are no age restrictions. The deadline for submissions is Father's Day, June 18, 2017. End Quote

New York, NY (October 17, 2016) - Tayo Oredein, author of "His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend", is collecting submissions for a new book, tentatively titled "Daddy's Girls". The project will feature essays, poetry, letters, and artwork, from women and girls of color who had limited, strained, or nonexistent relationships with their father during their formative years.

"I want this project to give an actual voice to fatherless girls and women of color," Oredein says. "When we hear about the impact of fatherlessness, the precedence for discourse and even for interventions goes to the boys. It's understandable because the effects are often immediate, obvious and outwardly destructive as they're more likely to take out their anger and frustration on society. However the damage to girls and women is just as extensive. It's just that it's much quieter, and more internalized."

The project spawned from one of Oredein's own dating experiences. "I was on a third or fourth date with this guy when told me 'I used to look for what I call "Daddy's Girls", which are women who grew up without a father, because they're easier to take advantage of'. It really stuck in my craw. It's so frustrating because I've heard so many disparaging comments and jokes about women and girls with 'daddy issues'." Oredein said it made her want to further explore the role that fatherlessness has on women and girls, and its various implications.

To that end, Oredein is inviting other self-identified women and girls of color to contribute short stories, essays, letters, poems, drawings, photographs, memoirs, and other expressions about their relationship or lack thereof with their fathers. The circumstances for being "fatherless" include but are not limited to abandonment, death, mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration, and fathers who were physically present but who were emotionally, mentally or otherwise unavailable. Participants are encouraged to explore and express how it influences relationships, love, expectations, careers, plans, family, self-esteem, successes, mindset, and other facets of their life. Transwomen and non-binary individuals are welcome to submit as well. There is no age minimum or cap. "If there is a four year old who wants to tell her story and there is someone to write it down for her, or if she's able to capture her sentiments in a drawing, we want it," Oredein says.

Essay contributions may be up to 5 pages (single-spaced) or 5000 words. Poems may be any length. Photography and other artwork may be submitted as JPEG or PNG files. Multiple entries are permissible. Contributions can be published anonymously or using a moniker by request. There is no monetary compensation at this point. Direct any questions, submissions, and requests for entry forms to tytaytai ( @ ) gmail dot com dot Befittingly, the deadline for submissions is Sunday June 18, 2017, Father's Day dot

Tayo Oredein is a writer from Jamaica, Queens NY. She is a Wellesley College alumna and holds graduate degrees from Hunter College (CUNY) and Rutgers University. She models and acts as well.

 

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 Author, Tayo Oredein, releases a "PG" version of her book "His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend" to reach younger audiences. 

(1888PressRelease)  February 07, 2015 - Tayo Oredein, author of "His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend" officially released a "PG Edition" of the popular book this week. Though it has received great reviews, the original contains adult language and situations. The PG version is much more suitable for younger audiences as most of the harsh language has been removed, and the mature content was sanitized.

Oredein originally created the modified version for her parents, who generally don't approve of adult language or content. She later decided to formally publish it since it was now appropriate for younger audiences who could potentially benefit from it. "Young people have a tendency to feel that their world ends when their relationships end, and I was no different," Oredein says. "I think a lot of young people ould learn something from my story- but my story had plenty of f-bombs. So I cleaned it up… a lot."

Whether the "PG Edition" or the original, "His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend" is an emotionally driven poetic memoir that journals the ups and downs of Oredein's first real love. Despite their interracial backgrounds (she is black, and he is white & Palestinian) and interreligious upbringings (she is Christian to his Muslim), she thought they would end up together. The assorted poems journal the love, frustration, and heartbreak, spanning from their first date to their bitter breakup, and beyond. She ends with a poem about 9/11, and reveals how her relationship with her ex ultimately taught her an unexpected life lesson that surfaced on one of the darkest days in U.S. history.

Published by Gynarchy, the PG Edition is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. The original version is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

Tayo Oredein is a writer from Jamaica, Queens NY. She is a graduate from Wellesley College, Hunter College (CUNY) and soon-to-be Rutgers University. She models and acts as well.

Author Details Muslim Ex-Boyfriend's Role in Shaping Her Views about 9/11 in New Poetic Memoir


" In a new poetry book, an author credits her Muslim ex-boyfriend with how she handled the country's backlash against the Muslim community after 9/11. "

(1888PressRelease) August 20, 2014-- Tayo Oredein, an author and model from Jamaica Queens, NY recently published her first book, "His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend". It is a memoir of sorts; a collection of poems chronicling the ups and downs, differences and the dissolution of one of her key relationships. Despite their interracial backgrounds (she is black and he is white & Palestinian) and interreligious upbringings (she is Christian to his Muslim), she thought they could and would create a beautiful life together. However that didn't happen.

Reeling from the bad breakup, she turned to writing in order to get past the ordeal. Through an assortment of poems- some short, some funny, some angry, are about the love, frustration, and heartbreak, spanning from their first date to their bitter breakup, and a little beyond. She ends with a poem about 9/11, and reveals how her relationship with the ex helped her handle one of the darkest days in U.S. history.

"From love to heartbreak, tragedy to triumph, Tayo Oredein takes her readers on a wild ride through some of today's challenges our social lifestyle poses," says Michael T. Lyle, Jr, News Reporter/Writer for AM 1220 WQUN Radio. "In the post -9/11 environment, Tayo makes good on her first penned novel by showing us her creative side in which she not only manages to overcome the tragic events of that somber day, but by also proving through even in the most trying of times, hate and rage are no match for love and hope. A must-read for anyone seeking inspiration in times of despair and uncertainty." 

Published by Gynarchy, the book is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats and should be an enjoyable read even for those who are not fans of poetry. "Four stars it is, and highly recommended," said Jim Bennett, of the Kindle Book Review. "This is an easy work to read and appreciate". 

Tayo Oredein is a writer from Jamaica, Queens NY and a graduate from Wellesley College, Hunter College (CUNY) and soon-to-be Rutgers University. She models and acts as well. This is her first book.


"A new author writes a book crediting an ex-boyfriend with how she handled the countries backlash against the Muslim community after 9/11."


New York, NY, April 05, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Tayo Oredein has had her share of bad relationships, but one in particular impacted her enough to write and publish a new book, “His PhD is in Hypocrisy…and other poems about my crappy ex-boyfriend.” It is a collection of poems chronicling the ups and downs, differences and the dissolution of one of her key relationships. Despite their interracial backgrounds (she is black and he is white) and interreligious upbringings (she is Christian and he is Muslim), she thought they could and would create a beautiful life together. Then, as fate would have it, he showed his true colors, another female surfaced, and their relationship ended.

She turned to writing in order to help heal. Through an assortment of poems- some short, some funny, some angry, His PhD is in Hypocrisy captures the love, frustration, heartbreak, and culminates in the unexpected life lesson that surfaced on September 11, 2001.

“They say that everyone comes into your life for a reason," says author Tayo Oredein, "And even though he broke my heart, and I can’t stand him now, I’m so grateful I met him because I would have had a lot of hate in my heart on 9/11 had it not been for him.”

Published by Gynarchy, the book is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats and should be an enjoyable read even for those who are not fans of poetry.

“My poems aren’t the abstract kind, full of symbolism and hidden meanings that you have to piece together,” Tayo says. “They just tell the story straightforward, so even if you’re not a poetry buff, it should still be an easy and fun read.”

Tayo is Wellesley College alumnae and lives in Jamaica Queens, New York. This is her first book. She also models and acts.