cleo wade@cleowade

Author of Heart Talk (ON SALE EVERYWHERE NOW!) ❤️
Board member @natblacktheatre
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NOLA I AM COMING HOME FOR THE BOOK TOUR ON MONDAY! Can’t wait to sit with my two boos @armina.mussa & @stevie_elem and talk about self-care, healing, and bravery. See ya soon @gardendistrictbooks #hearttalk ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Garden District, New Orleans

I love seeing all of the ways my new book #HeartTalk is entering your lives! This labor of love was created to be a friend and companion. Don’t worry about be too precious with it! Write in it! Rip the pages out! Spill coffee or late night wine and pasta sauce on it! It is meant to live with you. Thanks for these photos @kyleywarren @torealitywithlove @kirstieloulou @christineanne622 @fayruzarodriguez
P.S. Any New Yorkers coming to my reading at the @citywinerynyc tomorrow. I will be signing books after I read my letter to my wild self. ❤️
For tickets:

City Winery NYC

The face you make when they tell you you get to go home to NYC for a few days... ❤️
A few weeks ago, I spent the day with my friend @erinwalshnyc shooting for her amazing magazine @sbjctjournal and she basically made me look way more glam than I could ever be in real life and for that I’m v grateful. Go to for our interview. Love you, Erin. 📷: @christianhogstedt hair: @takishahair mu: @marygenemua suit: @chanelofficial swipe for @erdem ❤️

Mexico City, Mexico

When my friends text me about their breakups... As someone who has been so crushed by heartbreak (a few times) in my life I will tell you that the best advice for getting though it is trusting that you will be okay. We are so much more resilient than we could ever imagine. Let go of the fear that no one else will love you the way that person did. Let go of the fear that you will end up alone. When we walk around with fear we attract fear-based energies and situations. When we walk around with faith that what is meant for us will flow with us, we attract all of the things that support and serve our flow. Trust the bigger picture. Even if you can’t see it right now. I love you.

San Francisco, California

Find yourself a sister who not only comes out to share the wisdom and knowledge of her life experience with you and your tribe but also one who cuddles with you before you go on stage. For those of you who do not know...for my book tour I am not really talking about the book. I have instead decided to invite my best friends to join me to create a sacred space to be in community with you and share tools on how they heal and take care of themselves especially in these current times. My biggest take away last night from @nicolerichie was when she told us that a big part of her self-care was self-forgiveness. She told us that her ability to heal and move forward in her life was only as powerful as her ability to forgive her past selves. She said learning to love each version of herself along her journey has given her then most peace to date. I can so relate to this. Sometimes I am so horrified about who I was or what I thought ten years ago or even 5 years ago or 3 years ago. But when I decide to send love to that girl instead of shame her I can move forward with so much more bravery and clarity. I love you, Nicole. Thank you so much for your words and vulnerability last night. And thank you to @bneventsgrove for having us! Next stop! SAN FRANCISCO tonight with @kategreer ❤️❤️❤️❤️

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport

I made this bag with my friend @laurenblauren and @feed because when you buy it you will feed 10 school kids. When you buy it you will also be donating a dollar to my beloved @wpa_nyc which works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. They promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, they are a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.
#womanonamission #feed

Los Angeles, California

LA! Who’s coming out to @bneventsgrove tonight for my reading and conversation with my Queen @nicolerichie ! I will be staying to sign books after. Hope to see you there and love you so much ❤️

Barnes & Noble Events, The Grove

Austin! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to @bookpeople last night! I have decided to not just talk about my book o the book tour but to instead use the space as an opportunity to share healing tools through conversations with my best girlfriends. Thank you endlessly to my sista sista @elainewelteroth for bringing such love and wisdom to our tribe last night. Can’t wait to get to @bneventsgrove in LA tomorrow to talk to my angel @nicolerichie! And also to SF with my boo @kategreer at the @cwclub on Thursday! Eeeeek! I so love meeting you all! And love you so much!

P.S. Obsessed with these @sjpcollection shoes!
@sarahjessicaparker & @erinwalshnyc ❤️❤️❤️
Photo: @jaliyahdrenise @aristya @bcpcounselingatx @allisonoconor


AUSTIN who is coming tomorrow to hear me read from my new book and talk to my sista sista @elainewelteroth about love, loss, intimacy, finding your power and self-care. Meet us at my beloved @bookpeople at 7pm! I love you! And so does Elaine!


One of my favorite poems from my new book #HeartTalk ❤️ 🗣️ What are some of your favorite poems so far, fam? I love you.
P.S. if you want to hear me read the entire book to you it is avail on audible and iTunes!

Austin, Texas

There was a blizzard in New York City two nights ago. It also happened to be the night I was having my book launch party at the New Museum with my family and friends.  Flights were canceled, the streets were empty, and the weather report was saying we could get up to two feet . @bumble and one of my closest friends @bettinaprentice were hosting my party, they called the night before to tell me some of our vendors were canceling deliveries and was I sure I still wanted to try to have a floral theme party in the middle of a snow storm. I told them I really didn’t want to cancel and Bettina being the badass that she is didn’t even hesitate. She said “ okay, let’s do it.” As the snow started to build up, I became so panicked that no one would show up (when you throw a party, I feel like thats when you’re self-worth insecurities rear their ugly heads the most). As I sat in the room of the floral paradise Bettina’s team built on the top of the museum, one by one I saw the room fill with people covered in snow . My friends I have traveled the world with, the ones I have stayed up til 2am singing karaoke with the night before a 6am flight, the ones who always pick up the phone when I am in need of life or career advice, my two best friends from 6th grade, my mom, activists, designers and female & entrepreneurs I so admire, the editors who have supported my work over these years, friends who knew me when I was a scrappy little intern 11 years ago, and even some new friends. I read a poem from my book and my best friend @callmemargot sang her beautiful songs. I want to share this moment not just because my friends are fab and I loved my dress (Thank you eternally @erinwalsh for styling me in my moment of peak stress) but because I want to share the importance of showing up. It is one of the pillars of a magical friendship. And to everyone that couldn’t make it but sent their love, I so felt it. Thank you. I’m so grateful for my support system. My work would not be possible with out it. I love you. Thank you again @bumble @prentice_cultural and @moetusa for weathering the storm.

New York, New York