The AfriGeneas Poet
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle doesn't like to talk about herself. Given an opportunity, she would much rather talk about the importance of poetry in our lives, about what it means to have a saying to carry with you, to have a line from a poem, a verse from the Bible ("that's poetry, too"), something that resonates and helps you make it through some troubling moment or captures the essence of some historical event. She would much rather talk about the shared literary tradition that is handed down to every kid that hears the Twenty-Third Psalm or Shine on the Titanic.
When pressed, though, she says of herself:
Sojourner has been the AfriGeneas Poet since 1998. Her first poem for us was In This Time, which appeared in an issue of the AfriGeneas News. Her work has appeared in various poetry journals and her articles have appeared in a smattering of newspapers and magazines. She has self-published six chapbooks of poetry including Our Strength Will Grow and Between Us. The poem, The Artist Questions the Artist, was published in Let The Butterflies Continue. In 1999, a chapbook, Common Ancestry, was published by Mille Grazie Press. Some of her poems were also published in the anthology, The Geography of Home, The Poetry of Place.
Her work has been choreographed for dance presentation and has been performed as theater. In 2002, she co-wrote a major production, Ayo's Journey, a multi-dimensional theater performance about the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Her other work includes:
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[ more to come ]