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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Author's Bio

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, playwright, and a mediator. She holds B.S.( UNC-Charlotte, 1978) in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency and a J.D. (UC-Berkeley, 1981). She has taught creative writing through UCLA Extension in the California Arts In Corrections program(1992-1999) and African American Literature at UCSB(2007). She has been leading poetry workshops for young people in the schools and throughout the community since 1992. She has worked with the teen theater group, City at Peace as artist/writer-in-residence since its inception in 1996. Rolle is the author of seven books of poetry and six plays. Her poems have been anthologized, appearing in The Geography of Home, The Poetry of Peace, Poetry Zone I, II, & IV, Rivertalk and others. All of her plays have been produced by Santa Barbara's Dramatic Women Theater Company. Her arts reviews and commentaries have appeared in local and regional publications.

Publications and Prizes

Black Street (Center for Black Studies Research, 2009), Common Ancestry (Mille Grazie Press, 1999)
A Crow Black As The Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011), Curiouser and Curiouser (John Daniel & Company, 2005), Poetry of Peace (Capra Press, 2002), The Geography of Home (Heyday Books, 1999)
California Quarterly, Rivertalk, Sage Trail, Squaw Review
awards and fellowships from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, California Arts Council Individual Artist Residency program, Irvine Foundation Art In Civic Culture program, SB County Community Arts program and the Next Generation. 2011 AKA "Vision Award"

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Legacy on the Land by Audrey Peterman & Frank Peterman, Run Toward Fear by Haki Madhubhuti, Coagulations by Jayne Cortez, Painkiller by Patricia Spears Jones, The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
Favorite Books:
Souls of Black Folk by WEB DuBois Essential Rumi
Favorite Authors:
William Stafford Lucille Clifton Nikki Giovanni Langston Hughes Emily Dickinson

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Listing last updated: October 11, 2013

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