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About ADRIENNE IJIOMA
Adrienne Ijioma, aka Jess Vaughn (Writes), was born in Detroit, Michigan in June 1970. The condensed facts of her life are that she was born the youngest of five children to an industrious, hardworking mom and a aspiring fashion model dad in the heydey of Detroit's history. She recalls a thriving city with lots of downtown shopping including department stores and specialty shops, fun amusements for the kids with the city's well-known international festivals at Hart Plaza, the local arcades and thrilling Boblo Island. She grew up in the great time of Motown fame. These memories lend much background for current & future poetry and stories.
She credits her love of creative writing to her primary education and introduction to many notable writers through lessons and encouragement by her Detroit public school teachers, Ms. Shirley Williams, Ms. Phillips, Carrie Strode, Ms. D'Angelo and Joyce Holley. She strongly and fondly remembers becoming acquainted with the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison as well as Judith Krantz, Judy Blume, George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock and others.
Adrienne recalls her first notable interest in creative writing at 8 years old when her 3rd grade teacher (Ms. Phillips) retrieved a poem she wrote from the trash and entered her into a regional poetry contest, which she won. From there, she had rarely a memory that did not include a poetic record for reference.
"Although born in Michigan and rooted in Italy, I have called North Carolina home for over a decade. I write fiction under the pseudonym, Jess Vaughn, and save reality for my rising fashion designer husband, Michael Iji, and our two children.
We are a very social and creative family. Since we are both without any local family, our dinner table is routinely surrounded by close and new friends. It is a time when I can hone my storytelling skills to captive audiences!
We like to do group singing, art & painting projects as well as reading, cooking and baking together. I read all of the children’s stories to the kids throughout my writing process, giving them prominent input in the direction of the storylines.
In my new adventure story, Back to the Land of the Stinky Feet, the main character, Smelly Shelly, comes from a utopian-type village called Stinkafitte. The ambience is not unlike ours, a town built on family, community, safety and fun. My children are thriving here and being able to watch them grow and learn inspires me to write stories of value for young ones.
I listen to them pray sincerely for the opportunity for me to work from home and be able to spend more time with them. Knowing the importance of my role in their formation challenges me to make every moment with them count. It also drives me to create more opportunities, as I work for the sustainability of my writing career."
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Adrienne Ijioma is a creative writer of fiction, flash fiction, poetry, children's storybooks, greeting cards, and has utilized her skills professionally for more than 25 years in corporate settings. She worked mostly in the U.S., but spent three years teaching English in Italy. She is currently working on a massive amount of projects - about 28 WIPs in all including a middle grade adventure storybook, a thrilling suspense work of fiction along with the continual desire to complie poetic works & spoken word.
As previoulsy noted she also works under the pen name Jess Vaughn (Jessica K. Vaughn), and can be found on most social media and the web as Jess Vaughn Writes or Jess Vaughn Jewels. Send her a note today and tell her how you like her work!
FB IG: Jess Vaughn Writes, Jess Vaughn Jewels
Twitter: @Jess Vaughn Writes
YT: Jess Vaughn Writes
Titles By ADRIENNE IJIOMA
“Got no worries. The Lord’s blessed me with you.”
But truth was she carried great stress in mind.
Yet discovered my grandmother anew.
Might I imagine some landmark reveal?
Instead, her strength and love came into view.
Loyal and faithful – to her no big deal.
Yet discovered my grandmother anew.
This poetry collection is dedicated to and in honor of my grandmother, Jean Martin Allen. She fell asleep in death on June 8, 2020, at 96 years old.
I began reading her journals a few months ago and discovered my grandmother’s heart, her worries, and her strengths. It was eye-opening to say the least. My heart ached for her struggles in old age, but rejoiced in the lessons she continued to teach me even from the grave.
What you poured out; the love you gave…
Hits me now like shock waves.
I’m emptied, gutted, heart outpoured -
how to make sense of these shoes -yours?
She chronicled the seemingly mundane day to day life, but I found deep insight into her character through those simple pages of her heart. It was an amazing project to work on because I challenged myself to write new & different styles of poetry, all focusing on my grandmother as the central inspiration.
Her S’s were secret scrolls,
curled up in love, fear and appreciation.
Her tight letters wanted to be angry, but
she was southern-born and bred, so etiquette required
a different direction – quiet acceptance.
Within these pages are free verse, mobius, acrostic, minute, palindrome to name just a small few of the poetry styles included. Most importantly, I get to introduce you to Jean. African American. An only child. Mother of two, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 22+, great-great grandmother of 6+ and counting. Greatly loved. Deeply missed by her next four generations.
I was warmed with the thought that at my age,
she’d seen the same moon,
A marbled brilliance in the night sky, shining light on her details.
What had it been for her to be colored so magnificent,
with wide hips and shapely legs that still draws attention to her progeny
With her dark brown skin. But made to feel lesser about it.
Is that why her men were high yellow?
Sadly, throughout her writings, she chronicled my grandfather’s final year. It was filled with sickness, but they still trudged on attempting to go about life as usual. Many things she kept close to heart. I thank her for her many gifts of wisdom, her funny sounds of surprise, her 7-Up and German chocolate cakes, her stories at the breakfast table, her exquisite script enclosed in greeting that followed me around the world - no matter where, she always wrote.
She was a classic. She was southern, but not considering herself a belle. She was a lady who taught her grandchildren proper etiquette. If you can't tell yet, I loved everything about her. My grandmere, Jean Allen. (1924-2020)
They say 'the eyes never lie.' If that be the case, the face should tell the whole story! The face is an open book to our feelings as it gives an indication of mood, emotion, or character. Often, despite our attempts to hide our feelings, our smile, eyes, even condition of our skin reveal our true emotions.
Countenance is the fourth installation of spoken word poetry from Adrienne Ijioma. This set of poems is an approach to more metered, traditional poetry while maintaining her typical flair for frank, outspokenness in free style. The theme of Countenance is facial expressions that are conjured up in the mind when one is going through turmoils in life: painful relationships, depression, disappointments, hardships, injustices and more. As always, Ms. Ijioma's goal is to lead her readers on a journey that comes out on the positive side, finding strength from within after having successfully endured & overcome the tribulations. Various moods through spoken word poetry. Happy reading!
Other poetic works by Adrienne Ijioma:
- Cuts on Me
- Poems on Twitter
- A Cafe Rendezvous
Adrienne Ijioma writes fiction under the pseudonym, Jess Vaughn. Stay tuned for new releases in 2020! Follow Jess Vaughn Writes and Jess Vaughn Jewels on FB, YT and IG.
Guys can be emotional too. Several poems explore love and romance from his point of view.
In between waiting for love and being in love; on the outside of relationships looking in. Before losing what you had or regretting what you missed, there are the interludes - the moments of excitement and wonderment, anticipation and expectation. As it just begins and before it ends, be all about the romance of A Café Rendezvous.
The Love-Speak Interludes, poems