Marlanda Dekine aka Sapient Soul book reading and signing
Join Hub City Bookshop for a reading and signing of our board member, Marlanda Dekine's inaugural book i am from a punch & a kiss 7 p.m. Tuesday June 27.
i am from a punch & a kiss is part of a multimedia poetry project which will be released throughout 2017. This book, the first installment of the project, is a collection of original poetry and writing from Sapient Soul, offering a challenging and meditative look into the process of her own identity and the cost we all bear when we ignore the legacy of white supremacy in the United States. She calls for the conscious action of engaging discomfort and tension towards wholeness and full life across all that is broken.
Marlanda Dekine is a Licensed Master Social Worker, published poet, and facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers (www.speakingdownbarriers.org), a nonprofit organization that transforms space and co-creates community beyond the intersections of difference, i.e. race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and national identity. She has facilitated and performed among various groups at trainings, seminars, and poetry slams across the nation. Most of her clinical experience is in conducting therapy and forensic evaluations with children who have suffered child abuse or severe neglect. She is a transformer of space, using her poetry and gift of healing to organize people for powerful individual and community transformation.