Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way

By Patrice Gopo

This past January I completed the final edits for my essay collection, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way. In an act of celebration, I took myself to the Fashion & Compassion boutique and purchased a multi-color Baya necklace made from acai berries. A necklace of many colors. The perfect celebration gift for the author of a book entitled All the Colors We Will See. Now each time I wear that necklace, I think of my book and the hopes I have for the words as I offer them as a gift to the world.


I write the essay collection from the perspective of being the black American daughter of Jamaican immigrants who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and now lives in Charlotte. Across these essays, I examine the complexities of race relations, immigration questions, and identity formation in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. I believe this book is truly for such a time as this, and I’m eager to contribute these personal stories to our current national and global conversations about hard topics like racial justice and immigration.


I’m thrilled to partner with Fashion & Compassion and hold my launch party at their boutique. Fashion & Compassion is doing great work, and the boutique is the perfect place to launch this book into the world. I’d love to have you join me for this drop-in celebration on August 4th between 4 and 6 pm.


To learn more about All the Colors We Will See, please watch this brief interview.




Patrice Gopo is a 2017-2018 North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellow. She is the author of All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, an essay collection about race, immigration, and belonging. Please visit to learn more.

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