"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

 

jabbeh-wesleyThis week’s Must Read is Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of When the Wanderers Come Home( 2016), Where the Road Turns (2010), The River Is Rising (2007), Crab Orchard Series in Poetry–winner Becoming Ebony (2003), and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (1998),

Patricia was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and raised there and in her father’s home village of Tugbakeh, where she learned to speak Grebo in addition to English, the national language. In 1991, Wesley immigrated with her family to southern Michigan to escape the Liberian civil war. She earned a BA at the University of Liberia, an MS at Indiana University, and a PhD at Western Michigan University.Her poems have also been featured in former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.”

Vulnerable in their combination of grief and levity, Wesley’s poems deal with family, community, and war. “What I try to do in my poetry is to show that the artist does not exist in isolation from his surroundings,” Wesley has stated in interviews.

Patricia teaches as an Associate Professor at Penn State University.

Visit Patricia’s Wesbites:

Author Website:

http://pjabbeh.com

Poetry for Peace

http://poetryforpeace.wordpress.com

Buy Patricia’s Beautiful Books!

When the Wanderers Come Home

http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/When-the-Wanderers-Come-Home,677245.aspx

Where the Road Turns

http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/where-the-road-turns-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

The River Is Rising

https://www.amazon.com/River-Rising-Patricia-Jabbeh-Wesley/dp/1932870180/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1453482993&sr=8-2

Becoming Ebony

http://www.siupress.com/catalog/productinfo.aspx?id=104&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Before the Palm Could Bloom

https://www.amazon.com/Before-Palm-Could-Bloom-Africa/dp/0932826644/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474893728&sr=1-2

Read More from Patricia Online!

http://www.pjabbeh.com/faq-home.htm

http://www.pjabbeh.com/exile.html

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/54801

http://www.literaryorphans.org/playdb/two-poems-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://homeslicemag.com/poetry-woman-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://www.connotationpress.com/hoppenthaler-s-congeries/2015-08-19-18-45-41/april-2014/2266-patricia-jabbeh-wesley-poetry

http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/19/wesley19.html

http://www.nathanielturner.com/patriciajabbehwesleytable.htm

Interviews

http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/interview-with-liberian-prize-winning-poet-professor-patricia-jabbeh-wesley

http://liberianobserver.com/poetry/conversation-liberia%E2%80%99s-celebrated-poet-dr-patricia-jabbeh-wesley

https://wpsu.psu.edu/tv/programs/conversations/patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://radio.wpsu.org/post/take-note-poet-patricia-jabbeh-wesley-surviving-liberian-civil-war

Hear Patricia Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eZeb8b4qVs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmc9BPgH3UE

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

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