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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vanessa King  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Vanessa was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and has lived there all her life. She attained her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. She is currently attending Chicago State University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling, and anticipates graduation in 2015. Vanessa aspires to become an Addiction Counselor.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vanessa King, a native Chicagoan, born the third child of five children to Moses and Rosie Mae King on December 8th. She is the mother of 3 daughters (DeLora, Tanesha and Tamika) and one son, Derek. She is the happy grandmother of five granddaughters (Shatarra, Kennedi, Delilah, Denesha and Jaloni, and 1 grandson, Leovany.Vanessa's mother passed on to Glory in March, 1976, and it was then that Vanessa established a closer walk with the Lord.Unmarried, but not single, Vanessa's companion and confidant is the Holy Spirit. It is very apparent to her, that, even in the absence of her mother she is not alone. Blessed with a healthy mind, body and spirit, Vanessa realized that she was not without the support of her Heavenly Father.It was at the age of twenty-three that Vanessa came into the real power of the Holy Spirit in her life and submitted her effort to the will of God.Although inclusive, and yet, specifically where her book, His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities is concerned, with absolutely no reservation in her mind or apprehension to confess that this is God's will for her - He gets all the glory, honor and praise. And as she accepts this wholeheartedly, she wishes to express to all, that, "What God has done for me, He will do the same for you," but you have to do what I have done, and that is...

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Titles At Your Library

His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities
ISBN: 1453546707

Xlibris, Corp.. 2010

"His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities is a short read, but impacting. It is an
awe-inspired collection of tell-all poems about his story, her story, my story, and
even, your story in a poetic voice. It is the voice of the inhibited and the proud,
the introvert and the extrovert. It is open, honest, and compassionate poetry that
soothes as it communicates hurt, heartache, pain, love, joy, peace, and happiness. It’s
life in a poetic voice. His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities strengthens and embraces
the reader as it acts as a help aid in moving on and living whole.
Ms. King’s book, His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities, is inspiring and lifted my soul

—Bridgett Anne Kotz, Chicago, Illinois

Ms. King’s words of wisdom, encouragement, and experience . . . just as Dr. King,
“We shall overcome.”

—Ayonda W., Chicago, Illinois

Ms. King’s His Gift to Me is a raw and emotional journey. This journey through the
roller coaster that is life is filled with such realism that anyone can relate to. It is a
true testament that if God brought you to it, he will bring you through it.

—Catherine Goodwin, Lansing, Illinois

The poem “Why” touched me because it felt like it related to me, now, that I am
overcoming pain and hurt. It was a joy to see the words on paper. Overall, this poetry
book was uplifting to my soul it touched my heart and is full of wisdom.

—Sherry Nesbury, Chicago, Illinois

His Gift to Me is an extraordinary life-lived book of poems. It gets two thumbs up
and a “You go girl!” in Jesus’s name.

—Robin Jones, Chicago, Illinois

“Life allowed you the opportunity to live it once more a chance to rearrange your
life or to continue as before.” That’s the part which stood out for me. I have another
chance to live again.

—Mary Walker, Chicago, Illinois

The book His Gift to Me is an interesting read. It pulls the reader into its pages and
transports them to live, for a short while, within its storyline and message. You don’t
have to have any religious beliefs to understand the message that comes across—the
message being of hope and of the power of the human mind.
I’ve given this book to others to read they’ve had positive and similar experiences
as well. The verbiage is in a certain style, which helps to place the reader in the
appropriate mind frame lending to the credibility.

—Anonymous, Chicago, Illinois

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Vanessa King, P.O. Box 43566, Chicago, Illinois 60643. Phone 773-650-1337. Women groups preferred, Chicagoland area, at this time. Fees can be negotiatated.