Los Angeles, CA- Emerging poet Kimiko White, 22, celebrated a triumphant milestone with the recent release of her debut poetry collection “Fever Memory.” A graduate of Tuskegee University, where she honed her English and writing skills, her journey from a college student to a published author reflects her unwavering dedication to the world of literature.
During her time at Tuskegee, Kimiko discovered her love for literacy within the English department, which became the catalyst for her writing career. Notably, she established the “Skegee Speaks” writers program in collaboration with a Tuskegee professor. The program not only fostered a community of talented writers on campus but also carried on its mission even after her departure.
Reflecting on her contributions to “Skegee Speaks,” Kimiko expressed, “They are currently preparing for the school year where they will be planning for some events and open mics.” While a student at Tuskegee, Kimiko also emphasized the importance of literacy in the local community surrounding the university, which has some of the lowest literacy rates in the U.S
Kimiko’s journey took an unexpected turn when she stumbled upon a Black-owned publishing organization, “World Stage Press,” while scrolling through Instagram. Inspired by the rich artistic history of Leimert Park in California, the organization resonated with Kimiko’s mission to provide a platform for underrepresented voices.
Drawing inspiration from the story of Phillis Wheatley, a former slave who became a writer, Kimiko sees the transformative power of words. “If that could free her from enslavement being able to write and read, it can change the world,” she remarks.Kimiko White
Kimiko’s poetry collection showcases her deep-rooted connection to history and memory. “Fever Memory,” is the embodiment of starting over. It represents internalized feelings of uncertainty, yet a new-found hope the size of a mustard seed. It is intended to emphasize the beauty of nature, tribulation, and change. Kimiko wants her readers to delve into their own recollections, feeling the impact of moments that have shaped their lives.
Beyond her debut collection, Kimiko’s literary accomplishments shine brightly. She has been published in six other anthologies, a testament to her dedication and skill.
The centerpiece of her current work took two years to come to fruition and is now available for purchase through World Stage Press. Kimiko’s collaboration with World Stage Press aligns with her commitment to literacy excellence. The organization’s efforts extend beyond publication, making their work accessible to all in Los Angeles public libraries.
“I appreciated working with the World Stage Press,” Kimiko acknowledges, highlighting their shared vision.
For those eager to follow Kimiko’s journey, she can be found on Instagram (@pw.writing) and her work is available through worldstagepress.org. As she continues to carve her path in the literary world, Kimiko remains steadfast in her mission of celebrating the power of the written word.
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