High Cotton

High Cotton

by Kristie Robin Johnson

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Overview

FINALIST -- 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Memoir

"Johnson's moving work offers a welcome sense of solidarity and commonality to its readers." -Publishers Weekly

Kristie Robin Johnson has lived nearly her whole life in small town Georgia, as did five generations of African American women before her beginning with a slave, her oldest known ancestor. In High Cotton, Johnson explores the social and economic consequences of her lineage, drawing on pivotal moments from her own experience to illuminate the lived reality of a daughter of the Deep South.

Johnson unapologetically describes a life that falls below the standards of black respectability, that of an unmarried young mother, an addict's daughter, a college dropout, welfare recipient, and willful sinner. The voice in High Cotton is a cry from within the masses. Johnson stretches out long brown fingers as far as they will reach to barely skim the first, crucial rung of the ladder to success, that so-called American dream. She exposes the soft underbelly of black girl magic, celebrating black life in all its glorious vulnerability.

The essays in High Cotton contain all the complication of a post-civil rights era, post-women's liberation, pre-millennial black woman living in the modern South, conjuring universal truths every reader will recognize.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949259094
Publisher: Raised Voice Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 1,222,751
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Kristie Robin Johnson is an educator, essayist, and poet. She is Assistant Professor of English and Department Chair for Humanities at Georgia Military College, Augusta. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College and State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rigorous, Split Lip Magazine, ESME, Under the Gum Tree, Lunch Ticket, riverSedge, and other journals and publications. Kristie's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received honorable mention in the AWP Intro to Journals Project. HIGH COTTON is her first book. She resides in Grovetown, Georgia, with her two sons.

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