Jerrice Baptiste

Jerrice Baptiste

Jerrice J. Baptiste has authored seven children’s books and a book of poems for adults, Wintry Mix. Her writing has appeared in The Yale Review, Mantis, The Minetta Review, The Caribbean Writer, Claw & Blossom, and numerous others. Her poetry in Haitian Creole and English and collaborative songwriting are featured on the Grammy Award winning album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti. Jerrice teaches poetry where she lives in NY. Visit her at Guanabanabooks.com.


Dismantling Solid Bricks

Essay

News of violence about people of color tore our small foundation of hope, already unstable. Now, we’re rebuilding hope & trust in the goodness of our world.


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.”