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Stories from Three Houses,
(a work in progress) by Velma P. Smith
  • Eulogy
  • Integration
  • A Double Standard
  • Just 'Fore Christmas, 1954 (video)
Folk Sermons
Velma P. Smith
  • The Crucifixion (from God's Trombones),
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • De Prodigal Son,
  • Anonymous
  • An Ante-Bellum Sermon,
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The Creation (from God's Trombones),
  • James Weldon Johnson
Short Stories
  • The People Could Fly,
  • (as recorded and published) by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Tell-Tale Heart,
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Thank You, M'am,
  • Langston Hughes
  • Junkie Joe Had Some Money,
  • Ronald Milner
  • Ain't I a Woman?
  • Sojourner Truth
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers,
  • Langston Hughes
  • Yet Do I Marvel,
  • Countee Cullen
  • Incident,
  • Countee Cullen
  • The Creation,
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • Those Winter Sundays,
  • Robert Hayden Velma P. Smith
  • Mother to Son,
  • Langston Hughes (video)
  • I Have a Dream,
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A Song in the Front Yard,
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Incident,
  • Countee Cullen
  • April 5th,
  • Dante
  • Women's Lib,
  • Margaret Danner
  • The Road Not Taken,
  • Robert Frost
  • The Man He Killed,
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Some Keep the Sabbath,
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Because I Could Not Stop for Death,
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Kentucky Philosophy,
  • Harrison Robertson
  • Cut-Out,
  • Edwin Curmie Price, II
  • Is My Team Ploughing?
  • A. E. Housman
  • The Crucifixion from God's Trombones,
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman,
  • Susan Griffin
  • The Life of Lincoln West,
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • A White Woman Visits a Black Junkie in Prison,
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Poem,
  • Julian Bond
Velma P. Smith Vocal

  • We Shall Behold Him,
  • Dottie Rambo
  • Total Praise,
  • Richard Smallwood
    Negro Spiriturals
  • Give Me Jesus
  • Soon I Will Be Done
  • I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
  • I Dreamed A Dream,
  • Claude-Michel Schönberg (music); Herbert Kretzmer (English lyrics)
  • Unforgettable,
  • Irving Gordon
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,
  • (in the style of Roberta Flack)
  • Ne Me Quitte Pas,
  • (in the style of Nina Simone)
Velma P. Smith Instrumental
  • Change Gon' Come,
  • Sam Cooke; Jamie Casco, keyboard
  • Magnetic Rag,
  • Scott Joplin; Jaime Casco, keyboard
  • The Entertainer,
  • Scott Joplin


       I would like to thank you cordially for coming to the Yowzah Retreat and presenting. You are a very gifted storyteller. This is apparent because soon after you began to recite, I forgot I was simply “listening” to a poem. The poetry and stories came to life. Through you, I saw, heard, and felt the characters speaking to me directly. I also appreciate the fact that you are caring enough to be concerned with my story and current situation—and that you would be willing to consider lending a helping hand after just meeting me.
       Thank you, also, for sponsoring us for the weekend. I have had a wonderful time with the breath-taking surroundings. Thank you for our gifts.

    Tiffany Jackson