A Little Bit (more) About...
Nowata, Oklahoma is on the ancestral land of the Cherokee Nation.
"Nowata served as a train stop for Native Americans from the East being forced to resettle by the United States government. Some controversy exists about the meaning of the town name. The Lenape tribesmen who passed through named it "nuwita," meaning "friendly" or "welcome." In the Cherokee language, the town is called ᎠᎹᏗᎧᏂᎬᎬ (A-ma-di-ka-ni-gunh-gunh, roughly), which means, "water is all gone," translating what it sounded like the word meant: No Water."
How It All Came Together
My great, great, great grandfather on my mother's side was owned by a member of the Cherokee nation out of Georgia. He and his family were part of the Trail of Tears in which many Native American peoples were herded out of the Southern states and into the west. Once in Nowata, he was able to negotiate his family's freedom and settled on a plot of land. The tree in the picture above sits at the foot of several of my ancestor's graves. I chose to name my company "Nowata Press..." as way to honor of them.
As for me, well, I'm an Air Force brat who claims an international background even though Denver, Colorado is the city that 'raised' me. I am a legacy graduate of Denver East High School and I earned my Bachelor of Arts, English from Tuskegee (Institute) University. My Masters of Arts in Professional Writing (emphasis - Creative Writing) is from Kennesaw State University.
I've been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. I've wanted to be a world renowned, published author since I was 12. As of 2008, I got the published part of the dream complete and since April 2021, I've been working tirelessly toward the 'world renown'.
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