Jackson-Opoku, Sandra 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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What you mean, you trying to catch a train? I don’t care a bit more than nothing about no train. You know what they say about trains. If you miss one now, there’ll soon come another. You don’t want to be riding on an empty stomach no how. 

              – Sandra Jackson-Opoku, “Dirty Rice”

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Read this interview with Sandra Jackson-Opoku from the Journal Standard:

THE READERS’ WRITERS: Interview with Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Chicago author and dedicated educator Sandra Jackson-Opoku took some time to share a few thoughts with me. Her debut novel, “The River Where Blood is Born,” is considered by many to be one of the premier literary works describing the 300-year journey of women stolen out of their native Africa, and their struggle to survive in the Americas through enslavement and beyond.

You are just like your father. I would only say those words in tenderness. When he was born with that booty chin,
a cleft just like his father’s. When the baby fat began to melt from his bones and long, lean warrior limbs emerged. When I noticed that his laugh was developing a husky vibrato. 

              – Sandra Jackson-Opoku, “Muskmelon”

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Watch Sandra Jackson-Opoku speak here:

Sandra Jackson Opoku: The Tie Between Past, Present & Future

Sandra Jackson-Opoku is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, screenwriter, and journalist who writes frequently on culture and travel in the African diaspora. Related link: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/jacksonopokuSandra.php

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