New York – With the release of her two collections of inspirational poetry, New York author Nasheema Dixon is offering readers messages of hope, encouragement and faith to empower young women.
In “Dear You. I Dare You.” (Dear You,102 pp, $17), Dixon, a single mother based in Queens, says this is “a book of poetry that tells a story.” Since she was a teenager, Dixon has loved writing poetry to express herself on paper. Once she became a mother, she realized she wanted to share her thoughts and ideas as a way to inspire others. With this book, she says, “It was originally written to empower first myself and then also young women like myself who may have experienced relatable stories. Life doesn’t come with directions and it certainly can get a little bumpy, however, another day living is a new opportunity for growth and correction.”
In “Dear You, Young Girl,” (Dear You, 26 pp, $10) Dixon is writing is a children’s version of her first collection. Dixon says, “I wanted to write a simple and encouraging long letter poem that would grow with her as she [my daughter] grows. Of course, just as I want her to be inspired, I wanted to also inspire other young girls as well. Hoping that it may even help prevent making the same mistakes some us women may have made if we only knew how special we really are.
Kirkus Reviews describes “Dear You. I Dare You.” as “a poetry collection that doubles as a self-help book.” Additionally, the reviewer writes, “Self-help aficionados, however, will likely be attracted to many of the author’s maxims, such as ‘Just because you have an excuse it / doesn’t mean you are excused’ and ‘Solve the problem before adding another factor to the equation.’”
At LaGuardia Community College, Dixon focused on improving her writing, graduating with an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing. Now, she’s excited to share these two works with plans of writing more. “There are no limits to what you can do, there are no limits to who you can become,” Dixon says. “Be clear and know this world needs you.”