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.