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Drawing on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice Gopo enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her 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, and her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, is now available. The book is a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Upcoming Events


Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Writing Compelling Personal Essays about Your Life
Saturday, September 29th, 11:30am-1pm
East Regional Library
211 Lick Creek Ln.  
Durham County, North Carolina 27703

An overview of the building blocks needed for writing personal essays. I’ll lead participants through writing exercises to help unearth personal stories. We’ll also discuss the process of publishing personal essays. I’ll conclude with a short reading from All the Colors We Will See.


Reading and Public Conversation: “Race Matters: Navigating Friendships Across Color Lines”
Saturday, September 29th, 5-7pm
Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church
1902 Perry Street
Durham NC, 27705

I’ll be reading short excerpts from All the Colors We Will See. Afterwards, a dear friend will join me for a timely discussion about race and friendship and other topics raised in the book.

Inspire: A Meet and Greet with Authors
Baker Book House
2768 East Paris Ave SE.
Thursday, October 11th, 7 pm
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

I will be joining authors Jocelyn Green, Shawn Smucker, Brenda Yoder, and Kate Motaung from the Breathe Christian writers conference. We will spend the evening chatting about what fuels and inspires us.

The 2018 Breathe Christian Writers Conference
October 12-13, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI

I’ll be leading a breakout session entitled, “Elevating Your Essay” and a plenary breakout session entitled, “Exposing, Expanding, or Changing the Narrow Narrative: Honoring One Another as We Write Across Culture and Race.”

Crosscurrents: Colors and Journeys, Secrets and Dreams
Thursday, October 18th
Place and Time TBA
Anchorage, AK

I will be joining novelist Andromeda Romano-Lax (author of Plum Rains) for a reading and discussion about writing about race, place, belonging and becoming. These event is part of the 49 Writers Crosscurrents series.

Reading
Friday, October 19th, 7pm
The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe
3956 Spenard Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99517

Novelist Andromeda Romano-Lax (author of Plum Rains) and I will give short readings from our books at Anchorage’s newest indie bookstore.

Identity: Telling the Stories That Form Us
Saturday, October 27th, 11am-12:30pm
Beatties Ford Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

In this workshop I’ll help participants tap into recent and distant memories about identity formation. We’ll begin to formulate personal stories about the universal experience of grappling with identity and belonging. We’ll also develop listening skills as other participants share their stories about identity formation.

The 2018 North Carolina Writers’ Network Conference
November 2-4, 2018
Charlotte, NC

The annual conference is coming to my city, and I’m thrilled I’ll be taking part. I’ll be teaching a workshop entitled, “The Basics of Writing Compelling Personal Essays” and speaking on a panel about place and if it still matters.

Reading and Public Conversation about Race and Friendship
Sunday, November 11th, 2018, 3pm
Scuppernong Books
South Elm-Eugene Street
Greensboro, NC, 27406

I’ll be reading short excerpts from All the Colors We Will See. Afterwards, a dear friend will join me for a timely discussion about race and friendship and other topics raised in the book.

Beyond Our Beginnings: A Conversation on Place, Writing, and Community
Saturday, November 17th, 10am
Main Library, Francis Auditorium
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

I will joining my fellow NC Arts Council Literature Fellows Bryn Chancellor and Eric Smith for a reading and conversation about place, community and writing.

Where Your Voice Meets the World’s: The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change
Charlotte Writers Club
November 18th, 2018, 7-8:30pm
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

I’m looking forward to sharing ways in which we can stretch personal essays beyond our stories and consider them also as a vehicle for social change in our world.