Sojourner Ahebee writes stories about African diaspora identities and the eternal question of home and belonging. A recent graduate of Stanford University, she pursued a degree in African & African-American Studies. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Atlantic,  The Academy of American Poets (Poem A Day), Muzzle Magazine, For Harriet, Winter Tangerine Review, Apiary Magazine and elsewhere.  In 2013 she served as a National Student Poet, the nation's highest honor for young poets presenting original work. Sojourner was invited to the White House by First Lady, Michelle Obama, to garner her award.  Her debut poetry chapbook, Reporting from the Belly of the Night, was released in August 2017. Sojourner believes not in the boat that floated her here but what she’ll do with the water. You can find her on Instagram  @daughteroftheyam as she dreams up other suns. 

 

 First Lady, Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady, Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)