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
where we hold our truest treasures.
poems stronger than the suppressing hand
poems more powerful than the invisibility
Galveston: "The war is over! "
President Lincoln signed a decree;
The Emancipation Proclamation
Standing within the circle
That holds in loving care
All that lies between-
We lifted our heads to watch
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.
It is the task of our time to speak in the tongue of now
bringing forward the elders' elocutions the ancient
language, its patois.
It is the task of our time to communicate in terms