Come By Here: A Memoir in Essays from Georgia’s Geechee Coast
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Come By Here: A Memoir in Essays from Georgia’s Geechee Coast

by: Neesha Powell-Ingabire
Release date: Sep 24th, 2024

In Come By Here, Powell-Ingabire reckons with their home’s collective history and their own history as a truth-telling exercise in line with Audre Lorde’s advice: “It is better to speak.” Read More

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In this powerful debut memoir, Neesha Powell-Ingabire chips away at coastal Georgia’s facade of beaches and golden marshes to recover undertold Black history alongside personal and family stories.

In May of 2020, Neesha Powell-Ingabire’s hometown became infamous after a viral video spread of white vigilantes killing a Black man named Ahmaud Arbery. The small coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia became synonymous with this tragedy, which, along with the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, spurred an international movement that summer to end white supremacy.

Neesha Powell-Ingabire, a millennial journalist, essayist, and organizer, grew up in Brunswick feeling alienated as a Black, queer, and disabled girl in a fraught racial and political environment. Come By Here: A Memoir in Essays from Georgia’s Geechee Coast traces the genealogy of systemic racial violence while paying homage to the area’s long history of Black resistance and culture keeping. Powell-Ingabire probes her personal connection to past and present: the victorious campaign to remove Brunswick’s Confederate monument out of a public park; modern echoes of ancestral practices such as farming, fishing, and basket weaving; the fight for Geechee land in Sapelo Island; and the mass suicide of the Igbo people, who drowned themselves in Dunbar Creek rather than be enslaved. 

In Come By Here, Neesha Powell-Ingabire reckons with their home’s collective history and their own history as a truth-telling exercise in line with Audre Lorde’s advice: “It is better to speak.”

Praise for Come By Here

“‘Come by Here’ is both reminder and invitation. By bringing readers home with them to the Geechee Coast, Neesha Powell-Ingabire’s essays show us that where we come from is powerful magic, strong enough that there are forces at work to keep us from our personal and collective histories. And that you have never ventured too far to lay claim to your roots. This book is Black. Queer. Southern. And unapologetic in its insistence that we serve as witness.” —Minda Honey, author of The Heartbreak Years
“In Come by Here, Neesha Powell-Ingabire explores both a family history she knows well, and a Gullah Geechee cultural history she is only just learning, asking some of the same questions that haunt so many of us who hail from small places: What do we carry with us? What do we leave behind? What do we owe to the people and places who shape us? Powell-Ingabire interrogates the impacts of systemic and environmental racism on her part of coastal Georgia in clear, incisive prose. What's more, she offers us a path to healing by modeling her own journey of learning and claiming her history, grounding herself in the land and the practices of her ancestors, and fighting to preserve their legacies.” —Neema Avashia, author of Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place
Neesha Powell-Ingabire
Author

Neesha Powell-Ingabire

Neesha Powell-Ingabire (she/they) is a coastal Georgia-born-and-raised movement journalist, essayist, community & cultural organizer, resource mobilizer, cat parent, spouse, and auntie living in Atlanta/occupied Muscogee territory. She reports on the justice movements of the Black, trans, queer, and Southern communities to which she belongs and writes essays to recover her own history and the histories of her ancestors and their ancestral homes.

Neesha’s writings have been published in various online and print publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, the Oxford American, Scalawag, and VICE. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Georgia College. Learn more about Neesha's work at neeshawrites.com.

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