Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being Black in America. From her whites-only Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, Patrice’s life is a testament to the challenges and beauty of the world in which we each live, a world in which cultures overlap every day.
In All the Colors We Will See, a poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Gopo examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to such themes as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.
Patrice Gopo will be in conversation with Sally Bittner Bonn.
Patrice Gopo is the author of All the Colors We Will See, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. An award-winning essayist, her work appears in Catapult, Creative Nonfiction, Charlotte Magazine, and elsewhere. When she is not writing, she enjoys speaking to groups about the power of personal storytelling. She lives with her family in North Carolina. www.patricegopo.com