C. A. Lofton is an African-American writer, poet and lyricist (Pop, R&B, Gospel). She is well-known and respected as an established Transitional Celebrant. Honored by the peer-title of ‘Word-Worker’ she is distinguished for her commissioned elegies and celebratory poetry noting life's benchmarks. In addition to her premier prosperity publication, African-American Guide to Prosperity she has written several award-winning poems, short stories and online freelance articles. As a teaching artist, she has lectured in both public and private sector venues. Ms. Lofton was inducted into the Directory of American Poets & Writers as a poet. She is also a former IL. Arts Council's Artist-in Resident as well as a former Chicago Council on Fine Art's Fellow. Throughout her esteemed writing career, she has continued to draw upon her Midwestern roots and her rich African-American and Native American cultural and spiritual ancestral history to provide the inspiration for her literary works. Ms. Lofton is an ardent collector of African and African-American artifacts. Via her writings and lectures she enjoys sharing the Afro-centric Gulf Coast lore and folkways of the Gullah-Gee Chee Nation.
Deeply influenced by the tutelage of her linguist instructor, Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner, she too remains dedicated to the celebration and preservation of this unique ancestral cultural specific language, dance, song, West-African influenced cuisine and sustainable diet.
C. A. is an unwavering proponent of Positive Thinking and believes:
‘What we think about – we bring about’.
Ms. Lofton is of the belief that our subconscious thoughts always emboldens our reality. And is firmly rooted in the concept that personal empowerment is naturally assisted by utilizing the curative powers of positive thinking. She fervently believes that this awesome, transformative modality is essential to the expansion of human potential. Moreover, Ms. Lofton wholeheartedly endorses a personal commitment to metaphysical, nutritional and physical regiments that support total well-being for all of her readers in the areas of health, wealth and happiness.
C.A. engages in various self-cultivating activities that enhance optimum creative growth as well as mind, body and spiritual health. Her rejuvenating resources are listening to music, reading, studying African-American History, playing word games and Gin Rummy, affirmative meditating, healthy eating, practicing Tai Chi -Qigong and preparing Low Country traditional farm-to-table dishes for those she cherishes.
Ms. Lofton holds an earned B.A. in English and advanced professional certificates in Counseling and Publishing. She was formerly a Foundational Studies instructor of Reading & Critical Thinking and/or Writing for Dist. # 508, City Colleges of Chicago for over 20 years. Currently, Ms. Lofton resides in Chicago, IL.