Photo By El Tiempo, Bogota, Colombia, 2007
NAME: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
Hobbies: Writing, Cooking, Shopping (ha)
Occupation: Family Chauffeur, Family Cook, Teacher, author, and whatever comes on a given day
CONTACT: (814) 949-5501
Visit My Website at http://www.pjabbeh.com/
I am so glad you came to visit me. This is the greeting place, the kola nuts and spiced pepper will be served, and then you can go about from posting to posting and see what’s here for you. I do my best to write for the enjoyment of my visitors, but mostly to get them thinking about the things that bother the world. Every now and then, I get on the light side because as they say in Nigeria, “If you don’t laugh, you will cry.”
Enjoy, and please do come back from time to time. You are important.
I am Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, poet, writer, teacher, a Christian woman, wife, and mother of four. I am a professor at Penn State University ‘s Altoona campus, teaching of course, creative writing, African Lit., and whatever comes my way in the area of English. Life is interesting that way. I live in Pennsylvania, originally from Liberia, that West African country that was destroyed by fourteen years of a bloody civil war and many decades of human rights abuses. Even though I am a survivor of that war, I am only one of the few fortunate ones. My stories, therefore, are not only mine, but those of the Liberian people who died in that senseless war. Over the years, I have used my writing to bring the world’s attention to the fact that hundreds of thousands of innocent women, men, and children were killed, that about a million were displaced, including myself. Many are still languishing in refugee camps today. If the wars around the globe do not bring us all to our knees, what will? I believe that you too should be restless until all wars are put to an end. Come in. and join in the fight to end the wars in Sudan, in Iraq, in Colombia, in the Congo, and everywhere else on this globe. The written word is more powerful than the bullet.
The River Is Rising by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Autumn House, Nov. 15, 2007)
Becoming Ebony (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) (SIU Press, 2003 -Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition Award, 2002)
Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (The New Issues Press Poetry Series) by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, 1998)