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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, will release this summer.

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Upcoming Events


The 2018 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference
May 24-26, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

The Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference was one of the first writing conference I ever attended. I learned so much that weekend about the craft of writing personal essays. I wrote a little about that experience here. An essay I worked on during that conference went on to receive a Pushcart Prize nomination. I'm excited to be returning this year as a presenter. I'll be teaching about transforming essays into a book, a topic close to my heart!


God's Whisper Farm Writers' Retreat
June 22-24, 2018
God’s Whisper Farm
Radiant, VA

I'm thrilled to be one of the featured speakers at this year's God's Whisper Farm Writers' Retreat. At the retreat, I will be facilitating a workshop about writing personal essays. I believe in the power of telling personal stories, and I'm looking forward to helping others find a path to share their personal stories. In addition, I will be reading excerpts from my forthcoming essay collection and participating in a discussion about publishing. It's going to be an amazing weekend, and I hope to see you there!