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That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery Paperback – November 23, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440148023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440148026
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,594,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is a writer, artist, creativity coach, yoga teacher, Reiki Master practitioner, radio host, blogger, social media strategist, and innerpreneur. Her poetry has been published in Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century and she is the author of Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One. She lives in Washington, DC.

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The best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned "Jill of many trades": innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, digital communications professional, and yoga teacher. Currently, she serves as CEO of Ananda Leeke Media, a digital social enterprise company that provides value to clients through digital citizenship, communications, sisterhood, and wellness. Her clients include AARP, Blogalicious, BlogHer, Everywhere Agency, Karat Cakery, Macy's, Project Bully Free Zone, Serve DC, Spelman College, T-Graves, Washington National Cathedral, and Women Online.

In 2010, her passion for women's issues, building community, and the Internet inspired her to create the Digital Sisterhood Network, a media channel that celebrates women in social media and technology through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, Ignite DC, and Spelman College. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. The Hot Mommas Project, a women's leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, selected her as an author for its 2012-2013 case study library.

The White House selected her to serve as a social media leader for the State of the Union, French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, and Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability in 2014. The U.S. Department of State invited her to serve in a similar capacity during the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. These experiences, inspired her to launch the Digital Citizenship Project, Digital Citizenship Month, and My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign.

For more than 20 years, Leeke has been actively pursuing her career as an author and artist. Through her poetry chap books and participation in the Washington, DC arts movement, her poetry appeared in "Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century" (2002). She penned "Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One," a novel (2007), "That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery" (2009), and "Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online" (2013). Her six-word memoir was published in "It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs" by Writers Famous & Obscure (2010).

Her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul in 2001 and often reflects her passion for issues affecting people of color and women. In 2002, she created and donated "Our Womanist Spirit" and "I am my sista's keeper wire" sculpture collections to The Women's Collective, an HIV/AIDS direct services organization. She has worked as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital (2003-2009), and is currently serving wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Morgan State University, Howard University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center are her alma maters. While at Morgan, she joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of Unity of Washington, DC, All Souls Unitarian Church, Insight Meditation Community of Washington's People of Color Sangha, National League of American Pen Women, and Yoga Alliance. She lives in Washington, DC. To learn more about her, visit

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yael Flusberg on December 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Even before you get into the core of "That Which Awakens Me," you discover that this is more than a memoir, but a how to of sorts, with the lead guidance of being grateful to all your resources -- ancestral and internal, external and created. This is a book with much song -- with mantras and lyrical poetry: "i come back to words. they marry art and give birth to songs i sing only when i am alone and the angels hear me....when i am long gone, those who discover them will know i walked the earth.....and later made room in the sky for mother moon." And it is the presence of the moon in this book -- with its feminine iconography, its shadow side, its gravitation pull -- which invites the reader to integrate the dark and light in her own life into something powerful enough to create tides of immense force and joy. Leeke the writer allows us full access into her intimate process, and then Leeke the teacher shows us how to weave our own intricate patterns of life to wrap around our shoulders on cloudy days.
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By K. Shults on December 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
In "That Which Awakens Me," Leeke bravely and fearlessly takes the reader on a journey through time, around the world, and into her heart. Leeke reveals not only milestones and insights along the way, but lends the reader a gentle roadmap of their own. Using powerful images and sometimes difficult truths, Leeke confronts and embraces all aspects of her self with compassion and grace. The author's compassion, playfulness, wit, and insight combined with her love for the language and ear for the lyrical make this a joyful read.
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Format: Paperback
"That Which Awakens Me", takes the reader on a very thoughtful, creative and insightful journey into the author's life. She shares experiences that have shaped her life in a way that allows the reader to reflect on their own journey. In addition she links her many beautiful stories with past and current historical and social issues. It is an easy and charming read with moments of light humor and complimented by a selection of photos and art work.
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