Founder & CEO
I am LaMonda Sykes, owner and founder of With a Capital M Publishing Group, LLC. I am also the author of “More than Words: My Life. My Thoughts. My Journey.” (2015) and “Her Voice” (2017).
I am a 2012 graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a BA degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, a minor in Business Administration, and 2016 recipient of a Nonprofit Management certification from UNCG. My passion for writing wasn’t realized until I was 16 years old. Ever since high school I’ve kept a journal filled with stories, poems, drawings, lists, and whatever else I could think of…lol
Over the last few years, I have come to realize that my divine purpose in life is to help someone. I am here to be a witness, share my struggles and victories to help others overcome their toughest days—all of which, writing has allowed me to do!
I’m excited to share with you all and hope you enjoy the pieces that are soon to come.
Donald Thompson II
Meet Donald Thompson II!
Donald is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, a graduate of North Carolina A&T University, and a math teacher in Statesville, North Carolina. He has shared a piece of his heart while putting the reader at peace with his rhythmic word play. The eldest of two, is pushed towards greatness by his supporting and loving parents. His love of writing began with his love of reading–seriously pursuing his passion in high school with the release of his first literary creation Thoughts of a Teenager. Thompson is currently working on a series of projects to be released in the upcoming year.
The writer, author, storyteller, and teaching artist — Kathya Alexander.
Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, storyteller, and teaching artist. She is an Arts Projects awardee from 4Culture Seattle and was granted the City Artist Award, Youth Arts Award, and the Work Readiness Arts Program Award from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. She was a writer-in-residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Retreat and won the Fringe First Award for Outstanding New Production for Black to My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and the Heart at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her writing has appeared in Colors NW Magazine and Raising Lily Ledbetter: Women Artists Occupy the Workplace by Lost Horse Press. Among her writings are God the Mother: A Creation Story; and the God the Mother Calendar. She lives in Seattle where she is a member of the Creative Advantage Arts Partners Roster, the African American Writers Alliance, and the Seattle Storytellers Guild. She tells stories at the Madison Park Starbucks on the last Thursday of each month as part of Aunt Mama’s Story Table.
Mr. Worthy Durgin was most fortunate to earn his Masters of Divinity at Yale, while Henri Nouwen was on that faculty. His own focus on hospital chaplaincy and counseling has shaped his life in many ways.
Durgin’s career has ranged from running a psychiatric half way house to running the South Street Seaport Museum in NYC. Throughout the 1990s, he led a fledgling community foundation in Greensboro North Carolina. Assets grew 10 fold, even while developing its engaged mission.
The past 15 years have been a time of deeply personal, spiritual awakening and practice. He and his family now live in Raleigh. A key aspect of this period has been deep “men’s work.” Mr. Durgin alludes to this growth in a number of these poems. The Mankind Project, The Triangle Men’s Center, and the North Carolina Gathering of Men have been important influences. The relationships with men who strive to be authentic, however, have made the biggest differences.
These eclectic experiences are reflected in the wide variety of groups with which he enjoys presenting and discussing his work.
Lynda Charles is a native of Orlando FL, but currently resides in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
Writing plays a critical role in her life. She states writing to be an extension of who she is. Says it is embedded into her DNA!
As a writer, she has the ability to manifest whatever she desires. “This gift has empowered me and has caused me to become a force to be reckoned with – both personally and professionally.”
Inez V. Walls
Inez V. Walls is a Christian writer, poet, and speaker from Mooresville, NC. She is a 2015 graduate of The North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC and is the entrepreneur of Crowned, a Christian business founded on faith that provides poems, positive and inspirational quotes, devotionals, speaking engagements, poetry performances, tutoring, books, and merchandise. Her writings, performances and speeches are known for their Afro centric and spiritual lenses. Her rhythmic speaking and gentle presentation bring warmth and wisdom to her audiences. Inez believes she is purposed to teach and has found her creative writing as the most raw and effective way to teach of God’s love and sovereignty in all circumstances
Karon Holloman Hardy
Tiffany Tate is the founder of Mrs. Tiffany’s Circle Time, a one of a kind experience that teaches children how to use their imagination, resilience skills, self-love, and positive character traits.
Her passion is helping children that has experienced childhood trauma, heal through music. She loves to sing, read, listen to music, travel, and spend time with her family.
Ulaonda Parham was born in a small town of Townsville, North Carolina, and raised in Henderson, North Carolina. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Education and an Infant Toddler and Family Specialist Certification. She currently is an Independent Early Intervention Therapist/Developmental Play Specialist.
Ulaonda has a strong passion for teaching and building confidence in youth, adults, families, and future leaders. She has extensive experience teaching children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing difficulties behavioral/social emotional challenges, fine motor delays, and cognitive delays. She is dedicated to sharing in the child/family learning experience, working with diverse populations, and discovering ways that best meet an individual’s learning needs.
She enjoys spending time with God, her children, and her family. She also enjoys basketball, traveling, reading, and writing. Ulaonda’s most rewarding position of all is being a mother and role model to her two beautiful children. She quotes “Success and walking in purpose comes from making an effort; and these efforts include creating a balance of effectiveness in both our personal and professional life.”