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Coral in the Diaspora by Jerrice J. Baptiste is officially available for pre-order and is the third chapbook in Abode's 2024-2025 lineup! 


Book Description: Coral in The Diaspora by Jerrice J. Baptiste is a collection that captures the lives of the Haitian people as they embrace the goodness in their community. It celebrates the wisdom of the elders as leaders who are cherished for their commitment to help the island thrive. Each member of the island's community is welcomed and valued for their special gifts and the joy they each create by being unique souls. Coral in The Diaspora creates a visceral experience for its readers through its colorful imagery and beautiful language by giving voice to the island of Haiti.


About the Author: Jerrice J. Baptiste is a poet born in Haiti. She has educated different ages through her seven multicultural children’s books with the whimsical talented artist April Matula, and also by her full-length poetry book titled Wintry Mix. As an author she has presented her books in hundreds of public & private schools since 2013. She is also the founder of Authentic Poetry workshops in The Hudson Valley, NY for the past 20 years. She has been a recurring teaching artist/poet at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Jerrice was a recipient of a CREATE Grant for poetry performance & Teaching in Prattsville, NY in 2022, and also a recipient of a residency for the Women’s Leadership Program at The Omega Institute in 2019. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Jerry Jazz Musician for 2024 and as Best of The Net by Blue Stem for 2022. Jerrice has been the featured poet on Planet Poet: Words in Space in Roxbury, NY, The Woodstock Poetry Society, and The International Women’s Writing Guild. Her poetry has been published and is forthcoming in Urthona: Buddhism & Art, Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality & The Arts, Artemis Journal, The Yale Review, Mantis, Poetica Review, The Minetta Review, The Banyan Review, Kosmos Journal, The Caribbean Writer, Big Wing Review and hundreds of others. Jerrice enjoys doing humanitarian work for others in Haiti. Her poetry and collaborative songwriting are featured on the Grammy award nominated album, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti.



ISBN: 979-8-9900598-2-5

Publication Date: 8/1/2024

Copies will officially be distributed on August 1st.  



Praise for Coral in the Diaspora by Jerrice J. Baptiste 


"Jerrice Baptiste’s inspiring Coral in the Diaspora is a tribute to generations of Haitian families who transform the ordinary––caring for infants, cooking, doing laundry, sharing stories of their heritage—into works of honor and respect. What an enlightening series of richly lyrical narratives!"

–– Carolyn Martin, Ph.D., editor, educator, author

Coral in the Diaspora by Jerrice J. Baptiste

Expected to ship by early August.
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