Main Street Books is pleased to welcome the incisive and insightful Patrice Gopo to the store for a reading of her recently released essay collection, All the Colors We Will See, followed by a conversation with her fellow NC Arts Council Literature Fellow and author of Sycamore, Bryn Chancellor.
Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America.
In All the Colors We Will See, Patrice seamlessly moves across borders of space and time to create vivid portraits of how the reality of being different affects her quest to belong. In this poetic and often courageous weaving of writings, Patrice 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 themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.
Patrice Gopo's essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her radio commentaries have appeared on Charlotte, North Carolina’s NPR Station WFAE 90.7. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant and a 2017-2018 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina.