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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (February-March)

-Poems by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

  Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (February-March)
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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle


February - March


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“[She] writes with a graceful rhythm that transforms the simplest words into a work of art. She is more than a poet, she is poetry. When she gives her words to you it brings your mind, body, and soul to a place that only those so gifted can take you. Sojourner simply stated is poetry. She speaks on the topic of creative expression in a way that motivates all in her presence to reach deeper into their own lives and to grow from that experience.”

                Gloria Willingham-Toure, Educator and founder of the Village Projects

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is poet, playwright, an environmental educator and a peace activist. She is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA. (2015-2017). Her book of poems for young people, “The Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella," was re-published in 2015 by Lucky Penny Press as their first bilingual poetry book in English and Spanish.  Her other books include Common Ancestry (Millie Grazie Press, 1999) and Black Street, (Center for Black Studies Research – 2009). Her poems have appeared in the publications California Quarterly, Coffee Press, Squaw Review and others, and in the following anthologies: The Geography of Home (Heyday Books, 1999), Rivertalk 2000, Poetry Zone I, II & III, The Poetry of Peace (Capra Press), A Crow Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011) and "Corners of the Mouth: Celebrating 30 Years of the SLO Poetry Festival (2014). Her work is included in two recently published anthologies, Rare Feathers (Gunpowder Press) and Solo Novo (Solo Press,

She has engaged young poets through her "Song of Place Poetry Project" and her work with City At Peace, Speak for the Creeks, the Annual Young Writers Poetry Contest and the MLK Poetry and Essay Contest.  Rolle is a two-time recipient of the California Arts Council’ Artist-in-Community Residency Award and for eight years led poetry workshops in schools throughout the South County as a part of the Santa Barbara Public Library’s “English Language Learner’s Initiative”.  She is a former board member of California Poets-in-he-Schools and often refers to herself as a “professional classroom guest” She has served as both a coach and a judge in SB County’s Poetry OutLoud, a national poetry recitation program for high school students.

A former associate editor for Sage Trail Poetry Magazine and an editor for two anthologies of her workshop participant’s work, Rolle works to bring attention to the work of other poets.  She hosts a monthly poetry series, The Poetry Zone, and since 2002 has organized an annual tribute to poetry icon Langston Hughes.

In 1993, she was named county-wide “Woman of the Year’ by the SB County Commission on the Status of Women and in 1999 was named “Woman of the Year in Arts” by the Tres Condados Girl Scout Council.  Rolle has received proclamations and awards from groups throughout Southern California including the Vision Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Ventura County (2011), An:”Arwey Award” from the American Riviera Women (2013) “Woman of the Year by Club Arcturus in Lompoc (2014) and a 2014 Villager Award by The Village Projects of Long Beach, honoring her work as a poet and as a mentor.



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