Texas Artist Producing an Inspirational Painting and Poetry Book by Women of Color

Twenty-Six : Poetic Affirmations for Women is a creative book project by artist Akaimi Davis, and it is on track to be an inspirational must-have piece for anyone struggling with self-acceptance and self-love. 

The book will fuse Davis’ paintings of positive affirmations with poetry by women of color to inspire and encourage.

Through Life-Threatening Adversity, An Idea is Born

A native Texan and based out of San Antonio, Akaimi Davis has been painting since she fell in love with it in a watercolor class in 2005. A few years ago, Davis was diagnosed with Leukemia. While going through treatment, she found herself getting discouraged and used painting to keep her focused on something positive. She is now in remission and putting her energy into creating a book of hope and love.

26 Women of Color Poets Speak

Davis is choosing 26 women of color poets. Each will be assigned a letter of the alphabet that coincides with an affirming word. They must develop a poem that is uplifting and reflects that word, and Davis will create a painting to match.

Davis wanted to create a platform for these talented poets to share their voices and to showcase the intertwining perspectives we as women all share.

Why this Project is Important

“Twenty-Six is meant to motivate anyone who struggles with self-acceptance and self-love, particularly those who have historically been downtrodden and held to a different societal beauty standard.”

In such a pivotal time in society, with the #metoo and #timesup movements, this project, too, will show how women share certain experiences across races and cultures, and there’s something for women of all races to learn from these poets and each other.

However, Davis feels that this book isn’t just for women or people of color, but it’s for anyone on the journey to self-love and self-appreciation.

Backing the Project

Davis needs your help. Donations to the project will fund photography equipment, editing software, and payment for the poets for their words. Project backers will get rewards and Davis’ eternal gratitude.

Her goal is $5,700. It’s an all or nothing Kickstarter campaign, so this project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by If the goal is reached, the book will be published in May in times for Mother’s Day.

For more information on all of Davis’ artistic expression, visit her website and read soulciti’s 2016 profile of her.
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