San Francisco Bay Area native Patricia France is a poet and educator. Her writing focuses on memory and overcoming trauma, connections she explores in a series of poems. She is currently researching Afrofuturism and Black empowerment as tools for improving writing education. She appreciates and honors her elders, who have given her strength to keep going forward. Born in Berkeley, Patricia is Richmond and Oakland bred. When not exploring her Bay Area roots and connections in her writing, she can be found tending to her beautiful East Oakland home.