Denise is a painter of word pictures that inspire, encourage, and equip others. Through Denise, I learned the value of a special writing place, how to prioritize writing times, how to handle writer’s block, and how to reimagine written work. I even learned how to get unstuck. Denise’s teaching is personal, accessible, transparent, funny, and engaging. She took a gift that God gave me as a child who enjoyed writing and gave me tools, a listening ear, a place to be sharpened, and a standard to strive for without urging her mentees to dilute their own voices.

Cokiesha Bailey Robinson

Co-author of The Inheritance and Farther In and Deeper Down, and contributor to This Is My Story: Testimonies and Sermons of Black Women in Ministry, Blessed Is She: Stories of Prayer by African American Women, Our Daily Bread, and The Texas Baptist Standard