"Daddy's Girls", a Project about Fatherless Daughters

For our upcoming anthology, "Daddy's Girls”, we are inviting women and girls of color who grew up with little, no, or strained relationships with their  fathers to submit their stories about how it impacted their lives, relationships, love, expectations, careers, plans, family, self-esteem, successes, mindset, etc. We are looking for short stories, essays, letters, poems, drawings, photographs, and memoirs. 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. 

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. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 18, 2017 (Father's Day).

Download the entry form here.


What happens to a woman scorned? She writes this book..."His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend” 

It's a memoir of sorts; a collection of poems chronicling the ups and downs, differences and the dissolution of one of my key relationships. Despite our interracial backgrounds (I'm black, he's white & Palestinian) and inter-religious upbringings (he is Muslim to my Christian), I thought we could and would end up together. But our relationship ended. The assorted poems (some short, some funny, some angry) journal the love, frustration, and heartbreak...And the whole reflection culminated in an unexpected life lesson that surfaced on 9/11. 

It's available paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. 

His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend (PG Edition) by Tayo Oredein

This is the "PG Edition". This version has much tamer language and significantly downplays the adult nature of the relationship. It is much friendlier for pre-teen and teen readers, and for those with an aversion to foul language.  

This version is available paperback and ebook on Amazon.