Beauty within the scars of oppression

When I read reviews about my poetry collection, I am always amazed and thankful. I had no idea my poetry would be used as a tool to help people.

Digging For Roots Book Review:
Kiana Davis has written a book of poems, Digging for Roots, that embodies the experiences of so many students and adults in this country. Kiana has laid herself bare in a series of poems about her struggles as a young Black woman developing identity. After reading the poems, I was so impressed with her transparency and the relevance of her words to the work I do with teachers and students that I immediately recommended the book to a principal who was beginning a book study. I believe Kiana’s book paints a very clear picture of the world in which students of color and students of poverty live and attempt to navigate systems that are not designed for them. I would recommend this book to adolescents, particularly young women of color and anyone who works with this population.

Erin Jones
Parent of three teenage students
Director of AVID
Tacoma Public Schools

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Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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