The Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella, a book of poetry by Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, was originally published in 1991 as a collection of 14 fanciful, cheerful and fun-loving poems for children of all ages. Now Lucky Penny Publishing is making the book available in a softcover format through Amazon. The book features a beautiful illustration of each of the 11 poems included in this edition by nationally recognized artist Karen Folsom.
Rolle, who has been leading workshops for young writers for more than 25 years, is a poet, playwright, environmental educator and peace activist, Rolle’s poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Coffee Press, Squaw Review and in the following anthologies: Corners of the Mouth: Celebrating 30 Years of the SLO Poetry Festival (2014), A Crow Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011), Rivertalk: The Geography of Home (Heyday Books, 1999), Poetry Zone I, II & III and The Poetry of Peace (Capra Press).
“I began writing poems that I thought young poetry lovers would enjoy in the late ‘80s,” Rolle says. “I was inspired by the great poet, Maya Angelou, who said in a television interview about creativity that she had been invited to visit a fourth-grade class to read some of her poems, which prompted her to write something new because young people like poems that have rhythm and a beat.”
The book includes a Spanish translation for each poem.
Part of the Lucky Penny Publishing model is to support nonprofits with a portion of book sales. Because of Rolle’s belief in the importance of libraries, a portion of Mellow Yellow’s book sales will benefit The Charleston Library Memorial Fund for Cynthia Hurd, the librarian killed in the recent shooting of nine members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.