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Lhea J. Love


Lhea J. Love is a motivational speaker, poet, novelist, screenwriter, memoirist and essayist.

Lhea earned a bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of Michigan; she holds a minor in African & African American Studies. While at the university, she self-published two poetry chapbooks Brown Paths and Laughing Behind Closed Doors as well as a paperback collection Kings, Niggers & Negroes.

Since college, her words have been published within The Gettysburg Review, African American Review, For Harriet, Periphery, The Citron Review, Four and Twenty and DrumVoices Revue.

While living in New York, she had the honor of learning at the knee of the late Louis Reyes Rivera through his Brooklyn Writing Workshop.

Lhea began writing poetry, quite seriously, at the age of twelve -- two months after her older brother’s suicide. In middle school she started an online poetry club "Crossing the Thin Red Line" through Yahoo! Clubs (now Yahoo! Groups); in high school she founded the Renaissance Poetry club; at the University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor, she founded the performance group TheCypher, for spoken word artists and emcees. In 2014, she founded the writing critique group Legitimate Dangers; for poets, novelists, essayists and screenwriters.

In addition to her YouTube series "Unafraid to Speak", Lhea is currently completing her first novel/screenplay; she is in the process of recording her first spoken word album; and she is half-way finished with her third poetry book. Once completed, she will finish her first memoir.

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