Black Girl Shattered, the third book by spoken word artist Sheri Purpose Hall, effortlessly weaves her spirituality, black consciousness, and femininity into a tapestry of fully poetic words that are part memoir, part Black Studies thesis, part feminist manifesto, and part sacred text. By exploring the root causes of misfortunes that have been engineered to break the spirit of every woman—and revealing a path that leads to the beauty of mending—she ministers to all women (and men) while also speaking directly to issues that are both unique and specific to the black woman. This collection of poetry, prose, epistles, and essays is built on the kind of raw honesty designed to reveal, refresh, and uplift.
Publication Date: 21 February 2017
LoC Control No.: 2016958895
Catalog No.: 39WP-18
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.3 inches
I have learned more from your absence than I ever would have learned from your half-presence.
- Sheri Purpose Hall
Sheri Purpose Hall is an author, minister, and host of the Gospel of Poets Radio Show on KPRT 1590 in Kansas City. She has performed at Starlight Theater, the Unicorn Theater, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the show she produced, "MoDézir: The Word Jones Experience," was featured at the 2012 Fringe Festival.
Purpose is a member of the Kansas City slam team Slam ULIT, a National Poetry Slam competitor, a RAW Artist, a HISWILL poet, a Bold New Poet, a Poetry for Personal Power featured poet, a Tangled Roots Fellow, which showcased her poetry and visual art work at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and an ArtsKC Awards Featured Artist. She has won multiple poetry slams, including the Harlem Book Fair Midwest Poetry Slam, Jazz Poetry Jams, and was a Grand Slam Finalist 2016 with Slam ULIT.
As a traveling teacher, mentor, and counselor throughout the Kansas City metro area, Purpose shares her time and energy with people of all ages, teaching courses in communications, writing to heal, poetry, and spoken word. She has recently released two books: Chosen for Both, a poetry chapbook, and a workbook, Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal, which was presented an award from Bike for the Brain.