Jerrice Baptiste

Jerrice Baptiste

Jerrice J. Baptiste has authored eight books. She has performed her poetry at numerous venues including the Woodstock Library’s Writers in the Mountains series in association with other noted female authors and poets in the Hudson Valley, NY. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Breathe Free Press; Pivot Literature; African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition Climate & Resilience-building: Women’s History; Crucible; IthacaLit; Autism Parenting Magazine; Spadina Literary Review; The Write Launch; Burningword Literary Journal; So Spoke The Earth: Anthology of Women Writers of Haitian Descent; African Voices; Shambhala Times; Hudson Valley Riverine Anthology. Her poetry in Haitian Creole & collaborative songwriting is featured on the Grammy award-winning album: Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, released by Spare the Rock Records LLC.

The Connection

Essay

She follows my footsteps in the luxurious boutique.  I turn and face her unexpectedly.  Her porcelain pink skin blushes, shows she’s uncomfortable with people of color. Her fingers interlace tightly in front of her silk white blouse under a black cardigan, her weight shifts from leg to leg in a chic A-line black skirt.  She fumbles the words, “Let me know, if you need any help.”