Who is Shun P. Writes?
The short version…
I am an author, poet, storyteller, spoken word artist, essayist, amateur genealogist, recovering journalist, self taught cook and ardent searcher of God’s face.
I am a native son of the Windy City and the voice behind shunpwrites.com, but the question that used to elude me ever since I could remember was:
“Who are you, really?”
Truth be told, when I started this blog in 2012, I wasn’t certain of who I was – only that I wandering lost in the tumult of aspirations that weren’t mine to have.
However, the passage of years brought me the gift of humility.
I was swept onto the rails to face an uncomfortable truth – that I was in conflict with…
Our archenemy is often the person that we will spend everyday of our live with…
When I came to terms that I was guilty of placing my faith and allegiance in the wrong places – any lingering fears about tossing my energy into a void that had no wherewithal or ability to reciprocate my investment crumbled as my Bigmama recalled one of her darkest moments, as she pointedly told me in 2014:
“Shit! Scared, scared for what?! I didn’t have no time to be scared!”
And… Whenever fear threatens I think of her.
My Grandmother spoke power into me that day – and I was inspired to dig deeper – in an effort to understand the WHY behind the resilience that emanated throughout our ranks.
But when I poked at my family tree, my efforts began to take on a life of its own – roughly 10 generations worth in some parts of the family tree.
As I began finding my assorted family members around the country, I became a reluctant genealogist and given the moniker of the Ancestor Whisperer by my family.
And along the way, the Almighty…
Had this magnificent way of re-calibrating the tattered confines of my spirit.
I learned that love is the conduit to immortality – because love is energy and energy can be neither created or destroyed – it can only change form.
I saw that redemptive power in the form of my family and I resolved to tell their stories.
This blog serves as literary catalog during an ongoing discovery of relevance – these narratives on this blog are a testament to the redemptive power of love – spanning the valleys of faith, love, poetry, genealogy, humility and food.
It is my sincere hope that my words can be fuel be for empowerment, rather than useless prattle that falls on deaf ears.
I thank you for the honor subscribing to ShunPWrites.com and joining me on these winding trails.
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