Marilyn D. Donahue
Marilyn D. Donahue was born in Houston, Texas, the third eldest of seven children. She started acting in plays and programs in the fifth grade and her love of poetry and literature began in middle school English class. The exposure of speaking in front of an audience, led to becoming President of the Speech & Drama clubs in high school. She participated in many plays and University Scholastic League poetry competitions. She graduated Valedictorian of her class. This experience also led to a major of Radio & Television Communications at the University of Houston.
Omari Writings is the company Marilyn founded in 1995 when she seriously started writing and became a published author for the first time. "Omari" means "God the Highest" in Swahili. The logo (a scroll, quill and ink jar), was a collaboration between her and her husband to signify the written word. All of her works are inspirational thoughts and truths. Some poems are from experiences and some have been requested by others for various reasons (i.e. birthdays, funerals, weddings, church programs, etc.).
Some of her writings have been published in several National anthologies through the National Library of Poetry, Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum and KenteCloth-African American Voices in Texas. Marilyn is the author of eight volumes of inspirational poetry: "Poetry To Stir The Soul", "Whispers of Faith", "Light From Above", "Words of Times Past", "Reflections From Within", "Poetic Moments in Time", "My Poetic Journey Home" and "Poetic Praise on Bended Knees". One of her poems, “I Want…” from her book, Poetry to Stir the Soul, was translated into Braille for the Akropong School for the blind in Ghana, Africa.
Marilyn is a long time member of the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas. She actively participates with the integration ministry and the benevolence ministry helping the community. She has written and recited many poems for church programs and events. Her hobbies include writing, gardening and traveling.