I am looking forward to my upcoming lecture at the 2017 Nakumbuka Celebration in Kingston, Jamaica. My lecture will focus on the spirits of the African Diaspora, particularly those who crossed the Middle Passage. Check back for more information soon.
I am excited to share that I was recently selected for my first writing residency! This spring, I will spend two weeks at The Lemon Tree House in Tuscany, Italy. I cannot wait to write all the words, eat all the pasta, and drink all the wine. One of my dear friends said I must shout from the rooftops, “Non vedo l’ora!” (I can’t wait!) I look forward to sharing my experience so stay tuned!
Author C.P. Patrick Talks Her Brilliant New Book Of Poetry And How She Stays Focused On Her Craft
By Abi Ishola for Beyond Classically Beautiful
C.P. Patrick is a writer and storyteller who revels in the opportunity to affirm that truth. These days that affirmation comes in the form of her second book titled, “Dear Ancestors,” a brilliant collection of poetry that focuses on the black experience.
“The collection begins in pre-colonial Africa, takes readers through the Middle Passage and trans-Atlantic slave trade, and ends with the state of Black America,” says Patrick of her latest offering. “It is a poetic homage to my ancestors.”
It’s also a slight departure from her original work. As a lover of fiction and fantasy interwoven with stories of the African Diaspora, Patrick’s first book, “The Truth About Awiti,” had many critics comparing her work to that of renowned author, Octavia Butler .
I recently caught up with Patrick to talk about “Dear Ancestors,” the creativity of her first novel, and what motivates her to write.
Read the rest of the article here!
The 12th Annual Cavalcade of Authors Tour in Chicago is taking it back to the 1920s. Begin the weekend with the Welcome to the Cotton Club formal dinner in the Palladium Room in the fabulous Hotel Allegro, situated in the heart of downtown Chicago. Start Saturday with brunch at the Grand Lux Café on the Magnificent Mile, and then follow that with a shopping excursion to Premium Outlet of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Later, come dressed up as your favorite character from Harlem Nights for the main event at Room 43 in Bronzeville. End the weekend with an inspirational Sunday brunch in the Morpheus Room. The Cavalcade of Authors is the ultimate event where readers and book clubs tour Chicago with their favorite authors.
I can’t wait!
My first poetry collection, Dear Ancestors, will address the beauty and complexities of the African diaspora. Stay tuned!
on my full lips
in the bend of my curls
reflecting in the melanin dancing on my skin
within the words i write
your tears are my tears
for our past and present
whenever i breathe
i give thanks to you
— from the forthcoming, Dear Ancestors