Key Accomplishments

1992

  • Contributed to the book anthology Tears of Fire: The National Library of Poetry

1995

  • Contributed to the book anthology Best Poems of 1995: The National Library of Poetry

2008

  • December 5, 2008 – Started writing journey under the name Pen Legacy at Kandi Burrus’s event in Atlanta, GA.
  • Secured the position of Staff Writer of The Philadelphia Forum, under The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals 

2011

  • Wrote lyrics for ML The Truth’s song “Commitment”, which was later considered for a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Song.
  • Contributed to the Book Anthologies: A Poetically Spoken Anthology, Vol. 1 and Voices Behind The Tears
  • Became a published author; My Side of the Story released under Purposeful Publishing.

2012

  • Became a Journalist and Contributing Columnist for CNN iReport
  • Recognized as Outstanding Contribution to Poetry by Great Poets Across America
  • Contributed to book anthologies The Homeless Cry and Stars in Our Hearts: Diversity 
  • Wrote and co-produced first theatrical production, Living Your Life.
  • Released second book, Living, Loving, & Laughing My Way Through under Purposeful Publishing.

2013

  • Honored in Cleveland, OH by the organization Girls on Fire; received the Presidential Award and Best Independent Author Award.
  • Wrote and produced theatrical production, Why Can’t We Be Friends, an anti-bullying play.

2014

  • Why Can’t We Be Friends, an anti-bullying play, won Best Real-Life Drama Stage Play at the Playwright Awards in Queens, NY.

2015

  • Released & became an Amazon Best-Selling Author with third release, Love the Real You, published under Pen Legacy Publishing.
  • Pen Legacy Publishing officially opened for business on May 10th.
  • Published three new authors, Summer Willow Fitch, Vaughn McNeill, and La’Mena Marie

2016

  • Released & became an Amazon Best-Selling Author with fourth release, STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice.
  • Published new author AJ Harrison.
  • Hired to write two theatrical productions, Oliva Lost & Turned Out and Til Death Do U Part.
  • Completed formal training through Dimensioned Wellness, LLC; becoming a Life Coach.

2017

  • Named “Woman Who Is Doing It Big” at Millionaire Mogul, Tiana Von Johnson’s Women Doing It Big Conference in New York City.
  • Co-authored memoirs by Neo-Soul Singer/Songwriter Jaguar Wright and Philadelphia Police Officer Deborah Rose.
  • Published four new authors: Deborah Rose, Jaguar Wright, Briana McKnight, and Khristina Barnes.
  • Hired to write two theatrical productions, Testify and Cheatin’ In the Next Room.
  • Pen Legacy officially registered as a Limited Liability Corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
  • Participated in the Literary Takeover Book Signing in New Orleans, LA, during Essence Festival.
  • Studied “Writing for Television” under television producer, screenwriter, and author Shonda Rhimes.
  • Received professional recognition and endorsement from Word of Life Christian Fellowship; appointed as “Fellow of the Most Excellent Order of International Experts (FOIE)” in the field of Entrepreneurship.
  • Received Honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy from CICA International University & Seminary.
  • Became an Amazon Best-Selling Author with my book, STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice.
  • Brand advertised in a digital marketing billboard campaign in Times Square– Manhattan, NY.
  • Released book, 2018 Legacy Journal & Planner: A Planning Tool for your Freedom & Future.
  • Contributed to book anthology Delayed, But Not Denied Vol. 2
  • Rise and Grind Ambassador for Shark Tank’s Daymond John’s newest book, Rise and Grind.

2018

  • Theatrical production Get Out of Your Own Way premieres in Hollywood, CA.
  • Released book, I Want To Quit My Job.: 8 Entrepreneurial Strategies For Massive Results While Employed.
  • Released two book anthologies, Bruised, Broken & Blessed & “Get Out of Your Own Way”
  • Studied under NAACP Image Award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray.
  • Featured Author at the 2018 NAACP National Convention & Panelist
  • Published eight authors through Pen Legacy Publishing
  • Pen Legacy officially trademarked and registered as an offical business in Montgomery County, PA.

2019

  • Theatrical production Get Out of Your Own Way completed an encore performance in Hollywood, CA.& premiere on 42nd St in Manhattan, NY
  • Compiled & Published two book anthologies, “Get Out of Your Own Way” Vol 2 & Vol. 3 
  • Released two books, Fear Is A Crime and Secure Your Legacy Journal
  • Secured & Revealed nine Times Square Billboards for Pen Legacy Published Authors
  • Received a Certificate of Recognition from Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, a Senate Citation from the Senate of New Jersey, a New Jersey General Assembly Resolution, and Office of the Hudson County Executive Citation. (picture above w/ Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight (D-NJ)
  • Published forty authors through Pen Legacy Publishing
  • Hired a Virtual Assistant
  • Secured a ghostwriting project through Pen Legacy Publishing 

2020

  • Compiled book anthology: Slay Your Legacy: 9 Keys to Manifesting The Life You Want
  • Press Features on NBC, CBS, FOX & iWorship96 Radio
  • Published twenty-nine authors through Pen Legacy Publishing
  • Celebrated Pen Legacy Publishing 5th year anniversary on May 11, 2020
  • Released books, When Shift Happens: 21 Days of Celebrating the Lessons of Life & Detours & Michelle and Her Magical Pen
  • Coached & Worked with eight authors through my Author Mastermind Programs
  • Hosted When Shift Happens Book Summit and Pen Legacy’s Book Festival
  • Secured training with Shark Tank’s Daymond John & Celebrity PR Agent Monique Jackson
  • Secured three ghostwriting projects through Pen Legacy Publishing
  • Celebrated 10 years as a published author on November 4, 2020
  • Pen Legacy officially registered as a business in the State of Florida

2021

  • Press Feature Interview / Cover with Fashion GXD Magazine
  • Featured Press with Amazon Live, The Blueprint Live, K.I.S. H Magazine (Fall 2021), Medium.com, BlackNews.com, 21st Century Authors, Kidlio Magazine & RollingOut Magazine
  • Interviewed alongside TV/Radio Cathy Hughes of TV One on The Madison Jaye Show (streaming on Pandora, iHeart Radio, & Spotify)
  • Featured Writer in two editions of FlightInStilettos Magazine
  • Released six children’s books: Imagine Life Without African-American Inventors, Michelle Goes To Paris, Michelle Goes to Congress, Michelle Goes To The Beach, Michelle Sells No Books
  • Partnered with Flights In Stilettos, LLC to release Michelle Goes To The Beach Microfiber Beach Towel
  • Secured & worked with three authors through Private Coaching and completed three Ghostwriting projects 
  • Secured five Times Square Billboards advertising campaigns for Pen Legacy Published Authors
  • Joined Ms. Evelyn Braxton’s book team and became her official Author Agent for the book “Cooking With Ms. E”
  • Submitted books “Imagine Life Without African-American Inventors” & “Michelle Goes to Congress” for nomination in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work – Children” with the 53rd NAACP Image Awards 
  • Nominated for Best Children’s Book with the B.A.R. Literary Awards in New Orleans, LA. 
  • Served as a Writing / Author Coach to TV/Film Producer & Founder of Atlanta Pitch Summit, Ty Johnston-Chavis
  • Published thirty-one authors through Pen Legacy Publishing

2022

  • Virtual Book Tour with the African Americans on the Move Book Club for the month of February promoting. “Imagine Life Without African-American Inventors”.
  • The Adventure of Michelle Book Series was placed in the Wilmington Library and North Wilmington Library
  • Partnered with Rochdale Village Community Center in Jamacia, NY with the Adventures of Michelle Book Series and hosting virtual readings to the children. 
  • The Adventure of Michelle” Book Series showcased on Digital Billboards in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Memphis, California, Houston, & Dallas
  • Released Michelle Opens Her First Bank Account & From New Release To Bestseller
  • Secureed and published three ghostwriting clients & four author coaching clients 
  • Pen Legacy published it’s first international client, Safiya, from Trinadad & Tobago
  • Secured press & book placements for client, Evelyn Braxton
  • “Michelle Opens Her First Bank Account” was selected “Book of the Month” with the African-Americans on the Move Book Club
  • Completed Ari Squires’s 90 day Silent Money Mastermind and 6-month Profit Attraction Academy’s Brand Management
  • Published twenty-three authors through Pen Legacy Publishing 
  • Secured & showcased fifteen Digital Billboards in Downtown Atlanta for Pen Legacy Authors.
  • Intervewed on Season 2, Episode 3 of the TV show, “Style w/ Trysh (Premiered on April 10, 2022, Youtube))
  • Intervewed on Women Winning At Writing Podcast (Premiered on August 23, 2022 & September 23, 2022, Spotify)
  • Became a member of the 54th NAACP Image Awards Literacy Nominating Committee