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.
Picture this—a rugged, tall, long-legged, blonde comes bounding down the ice rink. She’s a vital member of Connecticut College’s Women’s Varsity ice hockey team and the captain of the college’s club lacrosse team. She’s aggressive, driven, and ready for blood.
Sierra Nevada College Journalism professor Anne Marie Brown’s background illustrates her dedication as a writer. She studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. She continued onto grad school at Stanford, where she studied Journalism and graduated with a master’s degree in 1986. In 1988, she finally stepped out of the college lifestyle and graduated from Oxford with a master’s degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics. Now, she teaches Journalism and shares her writing skills with the new generation of journalists at Sierra Nevada College.
Hidden away on the second floor of Prim Library outside the office of Dr. Robert King, the only sounds pervading the still air are whispered questions and footsteps echoing through the grates from the floors above.
Senior Kallie Day is the 2013-2014 SGA secretary and working hard to balance her work and social life.
Toby Tatum stands patiently at the front of his classroom in the Prim Library at Sierra Nevada College as his management students filter in through the door.
Mike Cotich is a transfer student from Pennsylvania who has come to Sierra Nevada College to change his life. The new environment and culture of Tahoe is helping him reach for his future while keeping his love of music and snowboarding close.