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Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle

FOCUS: Poetry

Sojourner is a poet, playwright, and a mediator. She is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA. (2015-2017). Rolle is the author of six plays and seven books of poetry. Her book of poems for young people, The “Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella” was published as an e-book and as an audio book by Lucky Penny Press (2013).

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 (Hey- day Books, 1999), Rivertalk 2000, Poetry Zone I, II & III, The Poetry of Peace (Capra Press), and “Corners of the Mouth: Celebrating 30 Years of the SLO Poetry Festival (2014 ).

All of her plays have been produced by Santa Barbara’s Dramatic Women Theater Company. She has been leading poetry workshops for writers of all ages since 1992. As an AWoL Mentor, she has had the opportunity to work with our emerging artists including Lisa Walker.