Bellamy Shoffner has been passionate about publishing from an early age. She wrote her first book when she was three and authored and designed two 8-page newspapers as a teen. Bellamy has had work published in a number of publications from a collegiate literary magazine to nationally recognized websites.
After spending years focused on her work with children and families, Bellamy returned to her first love as a writer and soon new ideas began brewing. Having two black sons of her own, Bellamy realized that the gift of writing gave her an opportunity to examine her own emotions and share experiences with those who can relate.
As valuable as it is to connect with parents who understand the weight of raising children of color in America, Bellamy found the ability to share these truths with others to be worthy of exploration. Months after first questioning how to gather the knowledge of social justice activists with the inquiries of parents who want to influence change but aren’t sure how, Hold the Line was born.
It is at these intersections of parenting, family communication, publishing, and social consciousness that Bellamy has found it possible to affect change in communities throughout the country.
Bellamy Shoffner is a fan of uncomfortable conversations that can help change the world. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Scary Mommy, elephant journal, Mamalode, The Mighty, Narratively, For Harriet, and more. Bellamy is also the married mother of two black boys, currently living in Charlottesville, Virginia.
You can learn more about Bellamy at www.hellobellamy.co.