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Born in Cote d’Ivoire to an American mother and Ivoirien father, Sojourner Ahebee writes stories about African diaspora identities and the eternal question of home and belonging. 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 former First Lady, Michelle Obama, to garner her award. 


A graduate of Stanford University, she undertook four years of rigorous study within the African & African American Studies program. She is a recipient of the MacDowell Fellowship, and 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. 

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