Welcome to ThisWomansWords.co!
ThisWomansWords started eight years ago as nothing more than a cute Twitter handle inspired by Maxwell lyrics and my love for writing. At that time, I had no idea that a Twitter handle could and would blossom into so much more. March 18, 2020 marked the three-year anniversary of the launch of www.thiswomanswords.co! Much like my own life, my website has experienced many changes and extensive growth over the last few years.
This growth would not have been possible without the people in my life who served as soil to ground me, water to nourish me, and light to replenish me. At this time, I must say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me through all parts of this journey! Thank you for reading my words, for sharing my words, and for sending and offering me opportunities to write for other publications. Your support has been greatly appreciated.
In 2019 we lost one of my greatest writing inspirations, Toni Morrison. With her passing I was forced to re-evaluate so much about myself and the world of words. I have found that I am constantly reminded of one of her most notable quotes:
“I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”
While processing what the world lost with the passing of Toni Morrison, I had my own personal wake-up call regarding my writing and this website. Now my words and this site serve a different purpose. I am able to process my feelings and thoughts in a forum that suits me. I have given myself the space to write the things that I want to read and to learn about the topics that I want to share with others.
So, here’s to writing the words that we need and want to read. Here’s to a future that we create from the magic of our words and the strength of our faith. Here’s to naming what hurts us and celebrating what heals us. Here’s to the words – both written and spoken – that leave their mark on those we have never met and that enter rooms where we will never step. Here’s to three years!
Shereá D. Burnett (aka Shereá Denise) was born and raised in Alamance County, North Carolina. She identifies as Afro-Indigenous and is a proud citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation. Shereá attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Political Science and Afro-American Studies. She also minored in Social and Economic Justice. Shereá received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Elon University School of Law.
Shereá Denise is a Social Worker at heart. She spends her days directing efforts intended to assist people who are experiencing homelessness and her evenings as an Adjunct Professor at a local college. She primarily engages in projects and activities focused on Women of Color, Children of Color, and those identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ Community. Shereá serves in various capacities for local nonprofit and community-oriented organizations. She is interested and actively involved in community service and advocacy work throughout the state of North Carolina. In addition to writing, Shereá is passionate about literacy programming for children, promoting the work done by Black and Indigenous women, and raising awareness about the issues impacting marginalized communities.
Shereá attributes her love for writing to the many Black writers and poets whose work she has had the immense pleasure of reading and whose personal stories she has had the opportunity to learn about. In particular, Shereá Denise credits much of her love for writing (and reading) to Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Pauli Murray, and Ida B. Wells.