This month, I would like to curtsy and high-five some of the artists who have inspired me, and women like me, with their commitment to honesty and self-expression.

J. California Cooper. Author, Playwright, and One of the Slickest Word Magicians of All Time.

Thank you for your voice. Your language feels and sounds like home. Your words are electric with a dash of humor. You’ve mastered how to bend, stretch, and shape your characters into personalities that feel all too real. Reading your short stories taught me how to dream up a character, jump into their skin, and narrate a story around them that reads almost like a conversation. This story from the 30-day Writing Challenge that I completed with my brother was inspired, in part, by you. You are truly a storyteller.