This collection of nearly 80 poems is edited by the former president of Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries, Paula Cole Jones.
With titles including "Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War Between Races" and "Being Jewish in a Small Town," Encounters offers many thought-provoking insights into race, ethnicity, and identity.
"Our current culture of sound-bite argument, racial profiling and echo-chamber journalism take us further and further away from the ideals on which our country was founded. Encounters brings together strong voices with clear visions and moves us closer to starting that long-awaited conversation." - LouAnn Muhm, author, Breaking the Glass
"Encounters weaves an anguished but hopeful path through core issues confronting our society. Paula Cole Jones has discovered joys and sorrows dredged from the depths of poets' souls. Their words are the clarion call that cannot be ignored and will haunt the reader with its insights." - José Ballester, minister, The Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel