Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
Biography of Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a California poet originally from North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions including her 2006 solo show, 'Between Us.' In 2007, she released BLACK STREET, a spoken word CD. Her first full-length collection of poems, BLACK STREET: POEMS, was published by the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research(2009) . She is a former Advisory Editor for Sage Trail Poetry Magazine. She has published poems in journals, anthologies, and six chapbooks, which include COMMON ANCESTRY (Millie Grazie Press,1999) . In addition to writing several plays and stage productions, Rolle edited several small anthologies of her workshop participants' work including INNER SPACE (California Arts in Corrections,1988) and WOW (Women of Words) from the 1995 Yachats Literary Festival poetry workshop. She has been a regular contributor to AfriGeneas Magazine and InkByte.
Rolle gives readings of her work, has appeared on panels, lectured, and conducted workshops for many years at universities, libraries, retreats, symposia, and festivals. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the Santa Barbara Public Library, at various schools in the Santa Barbara area and with the teen theater group, City At Peace. A founding member of the Santa Barbara Poetry Festival Committee, for the past fifteen years, has initiated and hosted regular poetry readings in Santa Barbara, including Poet's Night, Reds Hot Poetry, Open Mics, and (since 2002) her annual tribute to poet Langston Hughes. She is currently the organizer and host for the Poetry Zone.
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle's Works:
Black Street: Poems (Center for Black Studies Research,2009)
Common Ancestry (Mille Grazie Press,1999)
(anthology) The Geography of Home(Heyday Books,1999)
(anthology) The Poetry of Peace(Capra Press,2002)
Murmurings of An Open Heart
Our Strength Will Grow
The Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella
A Hand Reached Out
Let the Butterflies Continue (w/Armando Vallejo)
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Poems
To Thine Own Flame Be True
There is a place in all our breasts where we hold our truest treasures.
A Space Where A Poem Ought Be
I've known of missing poems before poems stronger than the suppressing hand poems more powerful than the invisibility
Free At Last - Juneteenth Poem. (Revi...
General Granger brought the news to Galveston: "The war is over! " President Lincoln signed a decree; The Emancipation Proclamation
Standing On The Place Where Langston'...
In humble apropros Standing within the circle That holds in loving care All that lies between-
The Mockingbird's Song
It was after the flags had been lowered - We lifted our heads to watch
We, The Women
(On the 100th Anniversary of Women's' Right To Vote In California) Centenary greetings to the daughters of the suffragettes. We are all daughters of the suffragettes.
Chiascuro (On Cleaning The Sistine Chape...
Ironic that the truth should be sought on the shoulder of Eve
Beneath the untroubled brambles beyond the reach of marauding scavengers
Where The Hum Begins
I am in a place where water rolls across the stones rippling in ranges too high for human tones to mimic
In Silence, In Peace
In silence I settled down to write what urgings I felt the need to speak from this high place
The Task Of Our Time
It is the task of our time to document the ways of our time; their antecedents and authenticities. To show the status of ritual as it is alive and in action now.
A Stand Of Flowers
Sun of Flower Flower of Sun Following the daily rotation leaves at attention
Minds Linked In Brotherhood
Hats set at attention White coats pristine Shoes shining like obsidian
The Blue Rock
This blue stone once lay like any other pebble on a rock-infested beach. Now it warms my palm.
Where The Hum Begins
I am in a place
where water rolls across the stones
rippling in ranges
too high for human tones to mimic
It is a place
where mountains loom over land
so low it is almost level with the sea