Poet-Teacher-Activist Finds Place in Archives
Her poetry includes six chapbooks, inclusion in
various anthologies and literary journals, and a body of uncollected
work, some of which has been choreographed for dance presentation
and performed as theater. For example, in 2002, she co-wrote with
UCSB professor emeritus Robert A. Potter “Ayo’s Journey,” a multidimensional
theater performance directed by Val Limar about the transatlantic
slave trade. It was based on a 12-poem cycle. Four of Kincaid Rolle’s
poems were also produced as short plays by the local theater group
The Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Papers will eventually
consist of literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, broadsides,
ephemera, and audio and video recordings, Guerena explained. He
noted that her television work was a good example of how she “captures
a great deal of social and cultural history through the prism of
local notables from the African American community as well as from
other people of color.”
Kincaid Rolle produced a well-received television
show, “Outrageous Women,” from 1988 to 1995 that featured interviews
with African American movers and shakers, such as Shirley Kennedy
and Anita Mackey. Among the many TV shows she produced were “A Tribute
to Chumash Elders,” and segments on journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault,
the Reverend Leander Wilkes, and the muralist Manuel Unzueta.
In the area of radio and print journalism, she
has also interviewed a variety of visitors to UCSB, including authors
James Baldwin and Margaret Walker, and former United States Ambassador
to the United Nations Julian Bond.
Kincaid Rolle has been a California Arts Council
Artist-in-Residence, and a California Arts in Corrections teacher.
She has served as the community outreach coordinator for the UCSB
Center for Black Studies, as well as on the boards of several organizations,
including the Contemporary Arts Forum, the Cultural Development
Foundation, and Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
She was appointed Poet Laureate for AfriGeneas.
She has inspired young poets in Santa Barbara and throughout the
country as a speaker and writing workshop teacher. On Feb. 2, Kincaid
Rolle will lead the first in a two-part, on-campus, creative writing
workshop, “Transforming the Narrative: Creating the Performance.”
Sponsored by the MultiCultural Center, the free workshop centers
on participant’s experiences and how to transform a description
into a short dramatic performance.