Red Summer / Press

“Red Summer is a woman of captivating beauty. Her smile. Her soulful eyes. A natural beauty she is. But we know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but being attractive does not constitutes beautiful. When judging a woman’s beauty, one must take into account her personality, her talent, and her humanity. You have to look past Red Summer’s physical attributes to see her authentic beauty.”

“Red Summer is my peoples, when I say my peoples I mean it from a stand point of we have this understanding from the first moment I read her work, she would become one of the most important poets in my small world. I have attached one of her pieces to the end of this brief write up, it changed my entire perceptive on the silent struggles of women all around the world.”

“I first met Red Summer when I attended Grambling State University (from 1993-1995). Although I don't remember a LOT about that time, I remember being captivated by her spirit & personality. Being away from home (Racine, Wisconsin) for the first time during that period, it was refreshing to connect with another artist who was also from the midwest (Chicago, IL). What I would learn years later when we re-connected through the performing arts/spoken word scene was just how much of a powerhouse she was in terms of "owning" her gift(s). In 2006, as BSC was just getting up off the ground, I got a chance to witness her perform. Before even making the connection that this was the same person I'd met some 13 years earlier, I was instantly drawn to her through the words, the delivery, & (again...) the ownership of the gift.”

“To put in plain and simple Red Summer is a Poet…. she considers herself a narrator -a "clear story teller"-with freestyle verses!" Born into a Muslim family who owned several businesses...Red Summer has kept in touch with that entrepreneurial spirit and began her own publishing company -"Two Fingers Press." She has a very positive and real message that she has developed from being a mother. Her maternal instinct has helped her realize that we all are accountable for the words that we speak.”