If there is anything I've been known to find, it's a community. When I was in college, I would find my way to campus organizations. Whether I would stay a few month or the entire school year, each organization gave me a space of support, accountability and laughter. After graduation, it was a bit harder to find these spaces. As a writer, you sit in your room or maybe a coffee shop alone. You write, you edit, you think: alone. So much of it is alone, so when I find the groups of people I have to appreciate them.
During this time with the Black Lives Matter and CO-VID, I have realized that I have been depending on my tribes. Being a Black woman writer is challenging, but with the support of my communities, I am succeeding, and hopefully I helping them to do the same. We rise together! I didn't always have these spaces. In fact, it wasn't until three years ago that I started finding my adult writers tribes. Rec Room Writers, several writer friends, and a group of Black women writers are my own writers rooms. Each serving a different purpose in my journey and helping me build professionally and personally.
Jelisa Jay Robinson
I'm a playwright, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll see my questions and musings on life and writing, theater and the world. My posts highlight my writing process, the inclusion of Black voices in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. I hope you enjoy!