Kellia Ramares-Watson


I am an independent journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have worked primarily in radio/Internet audio since 1999, but I am turning to Smashwords to put more of my journalism into print. This way a) the work I do that gets edited out for time in audio is not lost, b) I can publish what I want without concern over other publishers' exclusivity requirements, c) I can reach a wider audience than is available through most alternative, progressive or community news websites where I am likely to be found, and d) I can make some money.

I have recently returned to KPFA-FM in Berkeley, CA, after a 3.5 year hiatus.I am still a contributor to WINGS - Women's International News Gathering Service ( On ( you can find me under the names Broadcaster at-Large and R.I.S.E. Radio Internet Story Exchange. I occasionally write for Intrepid Report, formerly Online Journal ( and am not writing twice a month for The Leftist Review ( My one book in print is a volume of poetry called "Near the Ragged Edge of Earth". I may republish it here because someone apparently pirated it and made their own e-book out of it; I don't know what has been done to it.

After my e-pamphlet Eating Poison, I will be publishing a collection of my left wing commentary. I am raising money to have the space in my life to write a trilogy on alternative economics. The website for that is

I have done some investigative reporting for radio on the issue of forced psychiatric drugging. The issue is complex and I feel it deserves a book because there is not enough time to treat it thoroughly in radio. The economics books has taken precedence because that is what showing some support right now.

When I can write the drugging book depends on when I can finish the economics book and if I get financial support for the drugging book. We are probably looking at 4th Quarter 2014 before I get to work on that. So if you think e-books can save long-format reporting as newspapers and magazines shrink and die off, please support me and other journalists on Smashwords by buying our work. We hear a lot about novels being written as e-books and much less about non-fiction. But there is no reason why non-fiction can't be successful in this format.

I am new at this, so I encourage readers of Eating Poison to write me about they liked and didn't like about the reading experience, so that I can get a better idea of what you expect from e-books.

Smashwords' free ISBNs and free conversions into the various formats the various readers require, makes e-books and magazines viable options for the journalist. I wish everybody --this means you, Amazon -- would agree on a standard technical format.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to go to the bathroom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time reading articles on the Internet, figuring out what stories I want to report on next, and riding around on public transit because I don't drive. I think that if all the time I have spent waiting for buses and trains were added to the end of my natural life span, I'd live to be 150.
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Where to find Kellia Ramares-Watson online

Where to buy in print


Eating Poison: Food, Drugs and Health
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,480. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Food-content guides
Eating Poison takes a quick look at what Big Ag, Big Food, and Big Pharma are doing to the health of people, animals and the earth.

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