The collection of poems in “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” embody the mid-century great migration of African American families northward. Her bold words speak of a young woman’s confessional renderings and personal complexities, defined in the voice of Motown melodies.
“It started to be a book about Motown; I loved Motown music,” said Smith. “After asking myself why I loved Motown so much, I realized it wasn’t so much a book about Motown as it was about my parents.”
During the mid 1900s, Smith’s parents were among the 6 million African Americans that left the rural South and migrated to the urban Northeast.
The collective culture of poems paints a picture of the hardships her and her family experienced in the new urban environment.
Rhythm, rhyme, sound, words and meaning encompassed the second of the Writers in the Woods series. The
evening included a one hour spoken word presentation followed by an open mic on Friday, Sept. 20, at Sierra
Chris Anderson has been teaching English composition at Sierra Nevada College since August, but he has quickly become an inspiration to some of his students.
Sierra Nevada College was significantly represented at the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) from March 6-9 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, with seven undergraduate English students, four Masters of Fine Arts students and 10 professors spanning SNC’s English department
Experiential learning is emphasized in many departments at Sierra Nevada College. Whether it is guiding backpacking trips, working as an intern at local investment groups and resorts or creating student run publications and galleries, most students learn by doing at SNC.
Adventure journalist and writer Tracy Ross on Friday, Feb. 8, visited Sierra Nevada College for both her visiting writer workshop and her reading.
The first Writers in the Woods starts with Amy Franklin-Willis.