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April Joy Bowden presents

Golden Crown Literary Award FINALIST

The Golden Crown Literary Society is an educational organization whose mission is for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature and creative non-fiction.

The Golden Crown Literary Awards started in 2005 with four categories (romance, mystery/sci-fi/fantasy, and debut author).  Other categories have been added over the years.

This year, I have a book on the list of finalists.  “The Other Side of Joy” is being recognized in the poetry category.  A literary conference and awards ceremony will be held the last weekend of June in Dallas, Texas.  I’m hoping to earn my first “Goldie” and a gold sticker for my book.  Stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations to all of the finalists.

Summer Series

012 Summer Showcase: April Joy Bowden

April Joy Bowden is a graduate of Virginia State University. She has worked as a photographer for the past sixteen years.

As a child and young adult, April wrote many poems, short stories and comics. She has always known that becoming a published author was on her ‘to do” list. In 2010, “HIGH-On Love & Addiction” was released. “The Other Side of Joy” was released in 2012.

Combining her love for the arts and entertaining, April has spent the past few years planning events. Most recently, she has hosted several multi-author book signings using “out of the box” ideas and locations.

“The Other Side of Joy” is a collection of poems that deal with the emotions and passionate moments we experience in relationships; joy, pain, intimacy and ecstasy. You will find rules for dealing with each emotion. Each poem will allow you to laugh, cry, feel or wonder just how one can live with or without joy in their life. Do you remember your first kiss? Do you remember your first love? A special place that always makes you feel good? Can you recall having your heart broken? Or how you felt when you had to tell someone goodbye? Take this journey to reminisce on past or current relationships through poetry.
**Excerpt from Literary Wonders “The Author’s Hideaway”
Thank you Literary Wonder’s for featuring me in your summer series.
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New & Record – Greensboro, NC

Thank you Eddie Wooten for featuring me in “Running Shorts”

April Joy Bowden

Age: 39.

Residence: Greensboro.

Day job: Photographer.

Why I run: “I started running again as a way to shed a few pounds. After I completed my first 5K, I was hooked again.

A typical week: “I usually run 3-5 times a week. The longest distance I have done at one time is 10 miles. When it fits in my schedule, I run with Black Girls Run! in High Point.”

Favorite place to run: “I like to run anywhere that it’s quiet. My favorite season to run is fall. I love the colors.”

Asphalt or trails? “Trails.”

Other athletic pursuits: “When I started running just before my last birthday, I set a goal to run 1,000 miles before my 40th birthday in June. I have 350 miles to go.”

Faster, higher, stronger: “I like to do what I call ‘street lights’ for speed. I run as fast as I can from one street light to the next, rest between the next and do it again.”

Look what I did: I’m most proud of registering for my first half-marathon in Myrtle Beach. Can’t wait to get to the start … and the finish line.”

We all have tough days: “I left my race bib at home for one of the races I completed last year. Having to rush back home was not fun. Now, I leave the bib in the car.”

Most people don’t know: “I only watch about three hours of TV each month.”

Words to the wise: “Don’t overdo it. Rest is as important as running.”

Anything else: “I started a Facebook group: I RUN This City, where I post motivational pictures and quotes. The group is currently holding a 500-mile challenge. To date, the participants have logged over 2,500 miles. I RUN This City believes in giving back to the community. For Christmas, I hosted a run to benefit Toys for Tots. This summer, I will host a run to collect school supplies. Each year, IRTC will choose a city and form a team to walk-run a race. This years selection is ‘Run Like a Girl’ in Richmond, Va.”

Coach Kerri Summer Series

Coach Kerri’s Summer Series Interviews: April Joy Bowden

Introducing “Coach Kerri’s Summer Series” Enjoy a 60 min interview w/FEATURED guests in the LGBTQI community including writers, life coaches, authors, movie producers, erotic poets and much more! 7/2: Author, April Joy Bowden April was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of Virginia State University. She is a member of The National Society of Pershing Angels and Sigma Theta Lambda Literary Sorority. April has worked as a photographer for almost sixteen years. She has coordinated literary events such as “The WRITE Stuff” (an informal writing workshop) and “Books at the Bakery” (a multi author book signing). April is currently writing a blog called “Pen & Pavement” that she hopes to have published on a national women’s running website. April can be found at her website,  Facebook: Author April Joy Bowden Twitter: @ author_apriljoy


by Coach Kerri in Women 

This was a great chat.  The phone lines were buzzing and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to conduct this interview.  My backdrop was a perfect serenity as I answered questions and engaged the audience from the balcony of my beachfront hotel balcony.

To find out more about Coach Kerri, please visit her website at

My First Time….Coming to the stage…..Joyful Noize

The date was April 14, 2012.  The venue was The Sweet Shop in downtown Greensboro.  And the hostess was Outspoken Fire.

With a new book about to be “birthed”, I decided that I needed to start PARTICIPATING in more poetry, open mic and spoken word events.  A lover of poetry, I attend on a regular basis but I don’t participate.  I’ve read a few times before from “HIGH On Love & Addiction” and a performed a piece at a Whitney Houston tribute but I hadn’t memorized anything to recite.  That was my goal.  I wanted to participate in at least one event each month and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  I was comfortable with the venue as it is one of my favorite places downtown, so it feels a bit like home.  There was a modest amount of attendees and I didn’t want to put my name on the list.  With two of my friends by my side, I took the plunge and wrote down my “stage name”…Joyful Noize.  When my name was called, I walked up to the stage and recited “First Love”.  My voice shook and my stomach felt as if I were on a roller coaster, but I got through it.  I realized my obstacles. 1. Being on a stage and above everyone. 2. not having a piece of paper to “protect” me from the crowd.  But, I overcame them both.  I’m ready for at least seven more performances.

Thank you Maurita

Books At The Bakery

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5:19:38 PM | mauritaGo to full article

My most recent trip was a place I had never been before. I was invited to participate in a 4 author panel hosted and planned by author April Joy Bowden. She planned the reading and book signing at a beautiful bakery called The Sweet Shop, located on South Elm Street in Greensboro, NC. I drove up in the morning and made it to the signing right on time. Had the chance to walk around a bit and visit some of the charming shops that are located on Elm Street. It was such a pleasant, new experience for me. I love meeting other author’s and chatting about the challenges of writing, publishing and marketing a first book. I sat next to a lovely young woman, Ondrea Davis, who wrote an extraordinary book about what happened to her life and marriage.

I met some wonderful people during the afternoon at the Sweet Shop. April is also a creative writing teacher and is mentoring young women and encouraging them to write stories and poetry. Some of the ladies from her workshop were there so it was fun to be able to share some encouragement to women who are in the very beginning stages of their own writing journey. I was grateful and happy to be a part of such an event.