Offered by the Ventura County Poetry Project, please enjoy a free series: Black Poets of Ventura County.
We are lucky here in Ventura County to have a distinguished group of Black poets and writers open to sharing their work.
Raquel Baker earned a Ph.D. in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa with a specialty in Postcolonial studies and African literatures in English. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Channel Islands working in the department of English and creative writing.
She served as a writing teacher in the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.
She uses the study of African literature and postcolonial theory to deepen her understanding and writing on the Black experience in the United States.
Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in journals such as Kente and The Journal of Pan African Studies.
She was a featured reader at Vita Arts Center Celebration of International Women's Day.
Her poems are a kind of self-making at the nexus of theory and lived experience as a Black woman.
All readings are free and open to the public. Readings begin at 7:30pm; zoom opens at 7pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9607501600 Meeting ID: 960 750 1600
See the entire series:
- Julius Sokenu January 21st
- W. David Hall February 18th
- Raquel Baker March 18th
- Russell Stockard April 8th
- Joelle Hannah April 22nd
- Geoffrey Jacques May 6th