Tuesday July 27, 7pm – Poetry
The Moonstone Poetry Series
Sojourner Ahebee & Cole Eubanks
Sojourner Ahebee ‘s debut poetry collection, Thirteen Ways To Look At Me, is indeed a celebration for this young writer of 14 years of age. Her poetry boldly rejoices in recognizing Africa’s diversity and its magnificence as well as serving as a vehicle for her to honor her memories of Cote d’Ivoire, her home country, and the breath of experiences she had there as a child. Thirteen Ways To Look At Me also addresses, from the perspective of a teen poet, societal challenges such as the unconscionable homicide rate that disproportionately affects Ms. Ahebee’s male peers of color. A self-described activist poet, her poetry seeks to invite her audience to see the humanity of vulnerable people like undocumented workers and homeless war veterans. Ms. Ahebee’s poetry has also appeared in Teen Ink, Stone Soup Magazine and several anthologies.
Cole Eubanks retired in 2005 after twenty-eight years of public school teaching in Philadelphia, Pa and Atlantic City, NJ. Over the past fifteen years, he has been featured in a wide disparity of venues including a Buddhist monastery, a rock concert, a televised show in Princeton, NJ, numerous radio programs, and the beaches of Atlantic City, NJ. In 2008 he was honored by “Poets Against War.” Cole is the current “Poet of the Year” recipient from Literacy Volunteers of America of Atlantic County NJ. He also has conducted three workshops for the Teen Arts Festival at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ.