Who am I? The name is IBé. I breathe, I dance, I write. From Guinea and Sierra Leone, I live in Minnesota, USA. For now. I am known mostly as a spoken word poet. Been writing and performing that since early 2000–in many corners of Minnesota with few stops in other cities around the country and the world. But long before that, I told stories, wrote few too as well.
When you hail from one place, live in the other and don’t feel completely at home in either, you engage in some deep magic to find a place where everything about you is perfectly explainable. (Or for that matter needs no explanation.) You conjure up an island in the middle of an ocean that did not before exist. Welcome to AtlanticRock. It’s a concept, it’s an idea, it’s a hope, it’s a place with citizens in exile.
Atlanticrock is mostly to share some of my musings with the world. It is an atelier of sort to work out some thoughts and ideas I have about being an African in America–mostly. Everything here is loose. The poems are in constant flux. The stories are just ideas really, concepts begging for further exploration. Maybe one day. Maybe never. But here they are, asking for your feedback.
In addition to my musings–poems, stories, essays and whatnots–each month’s issue of ARJournal will feature writings from other writers around a particular theme–mostly connected to being an African-in-America. Contributors are both established and emerging writers whose talent and insight I find fresh and relevant. This can be you! I am looking to meet new writers. Especially those considered “emerging” because every growing plant needs light, and often when it comes to literature in particular the limelight is hugged by the same few people. If you don’t consider yourself a writer–emerging or otherwise–no problem. If you have a story to tell, I can work with you to write it.
Whereever you are in your writing journey, if you would like to contribute to the conversation, drop me a line or a piece–a poem, a story or an essay: Ibe(at)atlanticrock(dot)com. BUT, for the sake of transparency, of course I reserve the right to NOT publish any piece.
Thank you! I hope you look around. I hope you find something that sticks with you for a while.
Hey, I’m glad you are considering donating to support. I really appreciate it. Obviously, much of AtlanticRock is currently just my musings and whatnots. I like writing! It’s my honor that you would even visit and read some of my words. IN this regard, your time and interest is more than I can ask for.
I am asking for donations for two key reasons. First and foremost, I would LOVE LOVE to be able to give a little stipend to folks I invite to contribute to AR Journal. I am a writer. Unfortunately quite often people think this is easy or it’s nothing worth supporting financially. I dont want to be one of those people. So I would love to be able to give invited writers (not only to AR Journal, but any other contributors) a little envelop to say thank you, I know this one page or poem took a lot longer than typing the words.
Secondly, the website costs a little money. Any help you can offer to help offset this would be greatly appreciated.
If you are really wanting to be generous and support ME as a writer, I wouldn’t say no 🙂 For example, I hate writing grants, but if I can afford to take time off from work to say finish the memoir I am writing…now how wonderful would that me!? And in this regard, if you are interested and really want to be generous, we could even arrange for tax examption write off, allowing you to write off your donation.
Again THANK YOU!!!