Working Words



Words work to bring us closer to each other! ~ Diva JC

You have words.

You have words to tell.

You have words to tell the story.

The story of your life

Is being told by words.




In my twenties, thirties and forties, I held authors in the highest esteem. I wondered why there were so many books. In my fifties, I began to understand that everyone has a story to tell and that’s why there are so many books. Some people have multiple stories to tell, thus, increasing the size of the Universal Library.

In 2003, I moved from Florida to Georgia and, in 2004, I began compiling my poetry and memoirs. For 13 months, I wrote my first book IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY, which includes my memoirs, photographs, poetry, songs and two lectures. That book was published at TRAFFORD in Canada.

In 2006, I spent 5 months in China and Japan. When I returned to Georgia, I knew it was not the place for me, so I returned to South Florida. By the end of 2007, I was teaching 8th grade Music at a charter school. But I was laid off in January 2008. I received unemployment compensation for the remainder of the year and discovered online.

I republished my first book there and broke out the poetry into three books; the song book; Amazing Musiwomen; and So, You Want To Be A Singer?

Today, all of my books are available in soft and hard cover format, as well as ebooks. This is my book store.


It has been my supreme pleasure to teach children about the Amazing Musicwomen who brought blues and jazz music to the forefront of American society and abroad! Also, I have taught students about the intricacies of the Music Business.

Through a grant from BankAtlantic to my non-profit organization, I was able to visit summer camps at three elementary schools to present my children’s songs.


Many  of my songs have been recorded on CDs by my group Jazz Hotline and by other artists like Freddie Hubbard and Sandy Patton. My CDs are available at and

I’ve taught others how to write and publish their books:

Jackie Rodriguez and Joshua Kassar

Finally, I’ve instituted a blog for a new project featuring my book about my spiritual journey:

Words and Writers

Joan Cartwright, Author

I’ve added a tab specifically for my friends and associates who spend their time writing books. I know the awe with which I held authors before I became one and, now that I’ve published 9 books, I am still in awe of those who write fiction as well as non-fiction.

Visit the Author tab for more information.


Listen to THE KNOWLEDGE TOUR interviews


Diva JC

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Write your Words down

What I’ve learned is that WORDS really do have power, if you use them in a determined way. Words of appreciation open up new opportunities for blessings to pour in. Words of encouragement open others up to the greatest within themselves. Words are powerful and, when you write down what your fondest dreams are, often, you’ll return to the place where you wrote them to find that they came true.

Today, I’m writing WORDS about what I want to see manifest in my life and the lives of my loved ones:

  1. All my debts are paid by money earned from book sales, gigs and lectures.
  2. My PhD at NCU is completed with honors and I’m teaching, making $5,000 a month.
  3. My father lives well into his hundreds. My best friend, Bess is cancer-free, and my brother, Carlton is happy.
  4. My children are living successful and fruitful lives.
  5. Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. is fully funded with seven figures in the bank account; and the Lauderhill-Fiuggi Sister Cities is completed; the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is built; and is up and running and into it’s 3rd Annual event.

Uriah T. Cartwright (92)

Michael + UTC

Carlton G. Cartwright, Age 2

Joan + Bess (1993)

Author’s Roundtable in Miami

A History of African American Jazz and Blues

On July 26, 2011, I participated in an author’s roundtable with Sisters in Harmony (SiH) at the Courtyard Marriott on Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove, Miami. Along with 9 other authors, I presented my book and discussed questions posed to all of us.

The audience was minimal but everyone in attendance enjoyed the presentations.

On September 1, 2011, I will be the co-host with Ed Umoja Herman on The Knowledge Tour, an online radio program featuring authors. Tune in at 8 p.m. at

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Sisters in Harmony Book Expo


Celebrating 14 years of service!

Sisters in Harmony Photo Shoot and BOOK EXPO

Sat., July 23, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove
2649 South Bayshore
Drive, Miami, FL, 33133


Tickets $10 Reserve for Will Call

For info email Tracy L. Moore at or
President & Co-Founder Edmund
Umoja Herman at

Show Time: 8-9 p.m. EST – Every Thursday

Call-in number: 917.889.7765