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Patricia Jabbeh Wesley Reading

Between Brutal Realities and Lyric Possibilities

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00pm

Walnut Room, IMU

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a poet and Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. She is the author of four books of poetry: Where the Road Turns (2010), The River is Rising (2007), Becoming Ebony (2003), and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (1998). Her fifth book of poems, When the Wanderers Come Home, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press this fall. She is also the author of a children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea (2013). Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was selected by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser as an American Life in Poetry featured poem. The recipient of several awards and grants, her poems and articles have been anthologized and published in literary magazines in the US, South America, Africa, and Europe, and her work has been translated into Spanish and Finnish. An IUB Creative Writing and English Education alum, Wesley will visit campus to give a public reading and meet with students.

Learn more about her life and work by visiting her official website here.