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As a parent of a child with Jamaican, Zimbabwean, Black American, Indian and South African heritage, Patrice Gopo is a writer with power. We are happy to share a conversation with her as a part of Kitabi Qisse season 2. She encourages parents to give children the language to note and celebrate differences, so we normalize their experiences.

Patrice talked about adding nuances in mainstream representation of stories that have always been at the margins. Underrepresented minorities and communities often get lumped together, and their stories are seen as different, even they are the lived experiences of majority of the world. In this lopsided world, Gopo hopes for a future where all children find themselves in stories.

With the Black History Month, and our February theme of Love and Inclusion, we hope this conversation speaks to you.

About Patrice Gopo

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Patrice Gopo is an award-winning essayist who writes stories steeped in themes of place, belonging, and home. She is the author of two essay collections: Autumn Song: Essays on Absence (University of Nebraska Press American Lives Series) and All the Colors We Will See (a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection). Her debut picture book, All the Places We Call Home, is based on one of her essays. When she’s not writing, Patrice hosts the podcast Picture Books Are for Grown-Ups Too! to learn more.

Patrice Gopo’s photo by Allie Marie Smith