Get to Know Me
Hi! I’m Javacia Harris Bowser, a Birmingham-based blogger and freelance writer. If you’re an editor and you would like me to write for your publication I’d love to chat.
First, let me tell you a story.
In October 2008, I was struck by a car while crossing a busy street in downtown Louisville. I was leaving The Courier-Journal, the newspaper for which I worked as a reporter and columnist. When my body slammed into the cool, damp asphalt on this rainy night my first thought was, “This is going to make a great column.”
This moment is a perfect illustration of how much I love writing and how much I love stories.
I’m particularly passionate about women’s stories. That’s why I love writing profiles of women for digital publications like StyleBlueprint and magazines like Good Grit.
That’s also why I partnered with Reckon South to curate the Reckon Women Voices column, which shares personal essays by women with ties to the South.
That’s also why I founded See Jane Write, an award-winning website and community for women who write and blog.
But keep in mind that when I was in college I worked for a trucking magazine. So it’s safe to say I can write about anything. You can credit the journalism programs of the University of Alabama and the University of California at Berkeley for that.
I enjoyed school so much that from 2009-2019 I was an English teacher at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where I taught English and created an elective called Women and the Media to train students how to write for the web and how to examine representations of women in the media.
I left ASFA in 2019 to pursue freelance writing full-time.
Currently, in addition to profiles I also write a lot of health-related service journalism for publications like Sisters by AARP.
I also do freelance content writing for businesses and organizations. Some of my past and current clients include the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Tigerlilly Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Alabama.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss writing opportunities at your publication or organization. You can find select writing samples below.
Samples of My Work
For Breast Cancer, 40 Is the New 50, October 2023
Looking for Love? Here’s What This Matchmaker Wants You to Know, March 2023
Head Turners: Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green Is Laser-Focused on Ending Cancer, October 2022
Understanding Environmental Racism and How It Can Make People Sick, March 2023
Black Teachers Matters, June 2022
Giving Birth to Hope, July/August 2022
Is Living a Soft Life the Secret to Success?, September 2023
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Was Pushed Back by a Week and No One Is Talking About It, Sept. 2022
How One Woman Is Leveling the Playing Field for Black Small Businesses, August 2022
How Women In Construction Are Using TikTok to Make Their Voices Heard, May 2022
The Morning Routines of Five Successful Female CEOS, January 2022
Black Women Speak Out on Gaslighting in the Workplace and a Path Forward, January 2022
How Executives Hold Women Back at Work, January 2022
The Truth About Salary Negotiation for Black Women, August 2021
Are You Falling Victim to Revenge Spending, June 2021
How to Negotiate a Flexible Work Schedule Without Looking Like a Diva, June 2021
How to Build a Sustainable Wardrobe Without Growing Broke, May 2021
Why Women Should Consider a Career in Financial Planning, April 2021
Why 1 and 3 of All Women of Color Plan to Quit Their Jobs By Next Year, April 2021
The Hill We Climb: Black Women and the Battle to Build Wealth, February 2021
How Dasha Kennedy is disrupting the racial and gender wealth gap one social media post at a time, November 2020
Ally, Advocate, Mentor, Sponsor — How to Be One, How to Get One, and Why You Should, August 2020
Read more of my articles for HerMoney.com here.
As a Breast Cancer Survivor, Questions About Remission Are Complicated, October 2021
A financial planner shared 3 pieces of money advice clients never want to hear, July 2021
For the Culture, August 2022
The People’s Vegan, February 2022
The Revolution Will Be Veganized, September 2021
Building Generational Health, June 2021
Heart of Glass, April 2021
Discovering the Macon Music Trail, July 2020
Lady Justice, January/February 2020
WISHful Thinking, July/August 2019
The Negro Southern League Museum, May/June 2019
Heidi Elnora: The Innovative Bridal B.A.B.E., March/April 2019
Lecrae’s Great Escape, January/February 2019
Read more of my articles for Good Grit magazine here.
A Toned Core and More, November 2023
10 Ways a Black Woman Can Love Her Body, November 2023
It’s Porching Season, September 2023
Elevate Your Me Time with a Solo Date, September 2023
Q&A with Author Tomi Obaro of Dele Weds Destiny, July 2022
The Sexy Side of Self-Care You Might Be Neglecting, June 2022
I Journaled My Way Through the Toughest Year of My Life, June 2022
Ditch Your Diet and Try This Instead, May 2022
Black Women and the #BodyPositivity Movement, November 2021
40 Experiences Every Queen Over 40 Should Have, November 2021
Is Body Mass Index racist?, September 2021
Can You Be Fat and Fit?, July 2021
Your Sex Appeal Has No Expiration Date, Sis, February 2021
Black Women Matter, Black Women Vote, Here’s How We’re Mobilizing, September 2020
Read more of my articles for SistersLetter.com here.
7 Things This Breast Cancer Survivor Wants You to Know, October 2023
7 Things to Discover in Sylacauga, AL, August 2023
Meet the BHAM Babes Walking Club, August 2023
She’s Representing USA and Alabama in The World Games 2022
Your Guide to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail
3 Stories on Women to Brighten Your Day
Go Beyond the Sidelines with Lauren Sisler
She’s Setting the Stage for the 2022 World Games
Meet Country Music’s Newest Rising Star
The Podcast You Should Be Listening to and the Woman Behind It
Reviving Fourth Avenue: Past, Present & Future
The Rebranding of Historic Ensley
Sally Bird of Dot Fox: FACES of Louisville
Delta Vintage Founder Claire Brandon: FACES of Nashville
Have you tried Fat Girl Yoga? It’s for all sizes!
Do You Really Need Those Vitamins and Supplements?
Read more of my articles for StyleBlueprint here.
What It Really Means to Be a #GirlDad
Dads Can Do Hair, Too
Coping with Mother’s Day When You’re Grieving the Loss of a Child
Maternity Fashion Tips from Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth
How Babyscripts is fighting to reduce maternal death rates
Former news anchor Eunice Elliott launches children’s books series
6 mental health tips to help you and your children during COVID-19
Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival Celebrates 25th With Invite to One and All
& T. Marie King Brings Movie Magic to 2023 Sidewalk Film Festival, August 2023
At Age 88, Birmingham Radio Legend Shelley Stewart: I Ain’t Tired Yet
& The Business of Shelley Stewart February 2023
A Tourist in My Own Town: Reflections on The World Games 2022, July 20, 2022
Meet the Dream Team Behind the World Games 2022, March 2, 2022
How Ashley M. Jones Became the Most Influential Poet in Alabama, September 23, 2021
Jacob Lawrence The American Struggle Exhibit Opens at Birmingham Museum of Art, November 19, 2020
How Pastor Mike McClure Jr’s ‘Big’ hit brings even bigger blessings, July 23, 2020
BMA’s Barbie Exhibit: How Society Views Beauty and Women of Color, August 22, 2019
Randi Pink’s 31 days of ‘rage writing’ produced latest novel, ‘Girls Like Us’, November 9, 2019
Tori Wolfe-Sissons ‘Melanin-Centered’ yoga class relieves stress, August 29, 2019
Magic City Fashion Week: A new tradition of Birmingham city style, published October 2018
Nina Garcia: Keeping Fashion In Fashion from the Oct/Nov/Dec 2012 Issue