C A Lofton is an African-American writer, poet and lyricist (Pop, R&B, Gospel). She is respected as an established Transitional Celebrant. She is chiefly noted for her commissioned elegies and celebratory poetry noting life's benchmarks. Ms. Lofton is the author of
African-American Guide to Prosperity
She has written several award-winning, culturally-centered poems and short stories. Ms. Lofton holds an earned B.A. in English and professional Certificates in Counseling as well as Publishing. She was formerly a Foundational Studies instructor of Writing, Reading and Reading & Critical Thinking for Dist. # 508, City Colleges of Chicago.
Growing up in a child-centered family that valued and supported the arts was paramount to Ms. Lofton's artistic development. Initially emboldened by the love of words, a cursory interest in art and a deep multi-generational appreciation of books and music, C A quickly developed a flair for dramatic expressions. As a child with the assistance of her twin-sister, Carole she initiated monthly puppet shows. Limited seating, Saturday Matinees tickets were sold. The venue: the 2nd pallor in her Maternal Grand Daddy Reams' large extended- family 'big house' . These shows always featured her prized Howdy Doody, Clarabell and Flub-A-Dub Marionettes. Discouraged by family-member audiences refusal to pay a nominal .05¢ fee for these grand theatrical productions C A's budding interest as a play write soon waned.
In the big house, an Elder's leisure time was spent socializing in the kitchen. They spent countless hours swapping lies about growing up in the South. Their children, the Grown-ups gathered in the dinning room playing various types of card games or Checkers on the big extra-leaf dinning-table. Their children, the grandchildren occupied the 2nd pallor. Coloring books, drawing paper, jigsaw puzzles, and board games .i.e. Scrabble and Monopoly were always available as sources of youngster's entertainment. Coloring and drawing quickly became Ms. Lofton's favorite activities. They sparked interest in the visual arts and new creative energies were awakened. Thereafter, happiness was regular visits to The Art Institute of Chicago and anticipating bigger boxes of Crayola and winning numerous drawing contest Then the bummer came when her Mother said, "No, we are not putting lion statuettes on my Papa's porch! And yes, you must learn to color inside the lines."
Next came music. C A grew up in a rich musical environment. Her maternal Grandfather played the organ and his wife, her beloved, storyteller/writing Grandmother was acclaimed as a 'true alto'. Ms. Lofton's father played the violin and as a signer was often liken to popular crooner Bing Crosby. Her multi-talented mother studied piano under composer, arranger Margaret Bonds which nurtured a proclivity for Classical, Jazz and Gospel Music in their children. Her mother also sang in the Senior Church Choir and conducted the Youth Choir of the family's primary A.M.E. , Church-Coppin Chapel Memorial. C A eagerly participated in impromptu singing rounds, but was more attentive to the words in the songs than to the melodies. Despite piano lessons, guitar lessons and numerous choir memberships under the direction of Coppin Chapel's two stellar Ministers of Music she continued to struggle with carrying a tune. Gone was the aspiration to become a singer/guitarist like Sis Rosetta Tharpe. Neither Godmother, Althea F. Baham nor Rev. Dr. Lena Mc Lin could substitute enthusiasm for inadequate musical talent. Loving the sound of music is not a quick fix for amusia.
No matter the artistic machinations, her affair with words remained constant. Her love of words had been growing exponentially. Dictionary, thesaurus and writing composition courses excited her. Writing had become her major art form. Words and phrases woke her and put her to sleep. Words became her pillow. It was stuffed full of life experiences, idioms, mentoring writers, educators and publisher that supported her artistic expressions. Over the course of her writing career, Ms. Lofton has attained numerous accolades for writing in America and abroad. She is a former IL. Arts Council's Artist-in-Resident fellow as well a former Chicago Council on Fine Arts fellow. C A Lofton was an early inductee (1976) into the Directory of American Poets & Writers. Renowned as an engaging teaching artist, she has lectured in both public and private sector venues. Today, C A's creative works are divided between writing fiction, lyrics and poetry. Currently, Ms. Lofton resides in Chicago, IL and unabashedly loves all things South-side.
Deeply influenced by the tutelage of her linguist instructor at Roosevelt University,
Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner, she became dedicated to the celebration and preservation of this unique ancestral gem. The invaluable mentorship of Dr. Turner led to an affirming culturally-based appreciation of my familial roots. Today, C A Lofton proudly embraces the cultural specific language, dance, song, West-African influenced cuisine and sustainable diet of the Gullah-Gee Chee Nation. Ms. Lofton fervently believes in the consistent utilization of various self-cultivating activities that empower and continually enhance optimum creative growth as well as mind, body and spiritual health.
Her rejuvenating resources are listening to music, affirmative meditating, reading, studying African-American History, African Diaspora Culinary History, playing word games and Gin Rummy, Ms. Lofton is dedicated to acquiring pro-active life style skills conducive to longevity and well-being, i.e. healthier eating habits. C A enjoys practicing Tai Chi -Qigong and preparing Low Country traditional farm-to-table dishes for those she cherishes "cause I be Gee Chee" too.
Ms. Lofton acknowledges her faith-based foundations as an A.M.E. and as a Quaker by Convincement. Additionally, she is an unwavering proponent of Positive Thinking and the utilization of relevant metaphysical empowerment tools. She cites her CPS's Betsy Ross Elem./ Coppin A.M.E. Sunday School teacher, Leo F. Sparks, her sister, Lilliard A. Thomas, J.C.I. instructor, Joe E. Hill and J.C.I. classes for enlightenments regarding the power of one's thoughts. She credits Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett and the pastoral guidance of Rev. Joseph Lawrence Roberts Sr., Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon and Rev. Dr. Lena McLin for her awareness as a spiritual being. It is her ardent belief that our subconscious thoughts always emboldens our reality. She is firmly rooted in the concept that personal empowerment is naturally assisted by utilizing the curative powers of positive thinking. Moreover, she believes that this awesome, transformative modality is essential to the expansion of human potential.
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