Memoir to Poem: The Poetry of a Place - Virtual Workshop

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Details

There is a place that begins every poem...

Join SBPL and previous City of Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle for a memoir and poetry workshop. Attendees will explore their own memories and experiences to craft a memoir in poem. There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a public reading of their works at the end of April.

Space is limited, registration required.

About the workshop leader:
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, playwright, and cultural activist. She served as Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. Her books include Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella, Common Ancestry, and Black Street: Poems. Rolle has led workshops through her Song of Place Poetry Project since 1997. Her work is included in the following anthologies: The Geography of Home, What Breathes Us, and Moving Forward, Looking Back: Poems Celebrating Nature.

This workshop is part of SBPL's Book to Action programming around the book The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom. The book explores family history, environmental impacts on place and people, racial justice, housing insecurity, and community investment/divestment. We hope you will join and participate in many of SBPL's scheduled Book to Action events. See the full list of Book to Action events HERE.

Free community copies of The Yellow House will be available on a first come, first served basis for those who register for this event. Please email to request a copy.



Book to Action is a grant-funded program through the California Center for the Book that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. In 2021, 35 library jurisdictions were selected to create a Book to Action series. Librarians work closely with community partners in engaging community members to read and discuss a book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.


California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens
Jen Lemberger
(805) 564-5621

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