Author Jalissa Monique Brown
(Published Originally 10.14.16 on ARTISCEND.COM)
Written By J. Randolph
Author and poet Jalissa Monique Brown was following a tried and true path. After undergrad at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, she started grad school and began work as a paralegal. The plan was clear. However, intuition and passion began calling her in a different direction
In the summer of 2015, she left her promising career in the corporate world to become a professional writer.
As anyone would, Brown faced a great deal of uncertainty. But anchored by a support network of family and friends, she embarked on a journey towards her dreams and self discovery.
“I’ve always had a passion for writing and reading books since I was a child”, exclaimed Brown. In the fall of 2015, she published her first full-length work – “Live Life Loving”. It was a collection of poems with subject matter ranging from romantic love and loss, to personal accomplishment, womanhood, and spiritual enlightenment.
The work marked an accomplishment not only as a professional but as a person. Admittedly, Brown wasn’t entirely sure of her own prowess as a versifier. She said, “I never saw myself as a poet before, but I knew [that] before I could write the fictional stories I wanted to write, I first had to tell my story and get in touch with my own emotions”.
In what seems to be typical fashion, Brown committed herself to a goal and honored it. Longtime friend and former teammate Tiffany Little-Barnes said of Brown, “She’s always been driven; she doesn’t quit, she perseveres [and] reaches and accomplishes every goal she sets”.
After audience praise of her first work, Brown has since published another collection entitled “Her Bare Soul” and is in the process of working on her third book. She is currently hosting literature workshops throughout the Mid- Atlantic and is working in partnership with a number of organizations as a literacy advocate with special focus on teens and young adolescents. For Brown, her passion is as much about people as it is profit.
In her own words:
“There have been times that I post a quote on social media or lines from whatever I’m working on and someone would comment and say, “thank you, I needed that today” or “I look forward to your post”. To me, it wasn’t the amount of people that clicked the like button or commented on the post, it was what those few people commented. In those moments, I knew I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.”
Dreams aren’t possible without dedication but pursuit of those dreams is pointless without purpose. Brown managed to pour her heart and energy into her own dream but what’s more impressive is that she has managed to stay focused on how her work can service her community and the world. A self published author and a fierce activist for education and literacy, Brown has set herself apart by following her own mind and blazing her own trail.
Adopting a mantra is easy but actually living your life by it is inspiring. Brown isn’t just telling her audience to “Live Life Loving”, she’s showing them that such a life is possible