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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle


Sojourner K. Rolle (skrolle) lives in Santa Barbara. She is currently working on a memoir, The Promise: Inspired by William Stafford. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the Santa Barbara Public Library and has worked with the young poets throughout the community. See the article about Sojourner at AfriGeneas.

Recently, she's taken to having her poems performed as short plays. To-date, four have been produced by Dramatic Women. A larger peice, Ayo's Journey based on a 12-poem cycle was staged in 2001. Her poems and commentary appear in a smidgin of magazines and journals - more often in newsletters, and even more often, e-mails. She has a few poems in The Geography of Home (Heyday Books, 1999), and one in the Poetry of Peace (Capra Press, 2002). She has attended residencies at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and has been workshop leader in places as disparate as Yachats, OR and Lone Pine, CA. Rolle gives readings of her work, gives public talks, and conducts workshops at just about any community venue. Peace and Love are her eternal passion. She likes to travel but mostly stays home -- in search of solitude, herself.

Articles by Sojourner Rolle

Serendipity: Poetry As Conversation May 11, 2006 (Sojourner K. Rolle) Sometimes I find it hard to justify writing at all. Seems as if everything I can think of someone has written it already. I find solace in the thought that I am not alone in this sense that nothing is new under the sun. A preface to my second chapbook of poetry, Our Strength Will Grow, included the following quote from W.E.B. DuBois.: "I venture to write again on the themes on which great souls have already said greater words..." (Darkwater, 1920) (complete article...)

Serendipity: Listening for the Language In Your Head March 4, 2006 ( Sojourner K. Rolle ) Write about what you know about -- the people, the places, the culture, the customs, your family, the macrocosm, the microcosm. (complete article...)

Serendipity: The Metaphor of Encounter December 14, 2005 ( Sojourner K. Rolle ) Well, talk about journeys. I've just gotten back from a fairly fast leisurely journey around the Caribbean world. Six island nations and the U. S. Virgin Islands in 12 days. I had a host of encounters and new experiemces. I was struck by the music so I wrote about traveling. (complete article...)

Serendipity: a workshop where poet minds mingle and sometimes meet. October 14, 2005 ( Sojourner K. Rolle ) I am pleased to begin a regular jaunt into poem-making. A new chapter is always exciting. My commitment is to share my perspective and adventures from my eclectic life as a poet living in Santa Barbara and wherever my endeavors take me on the journey in search of a poem. (complete article...)