Conversations with Self
by Racine Frank (Ethiopia 2019-20)
Racine Frank began to write poetry in December 2019 during her time as a PCV in Ethiopia. She started by writing haikus and then branched into free verse poetry incorporating rhyming schemes. From an early age, she traveled to and lived in multiple countries with Ethiopia being a time of tremendous growth and transformation. Her writing surrounds the power of love — not only for others, but for oneself. With love being the core of her creative writing, Racine explores other aspects of life that aid in the self-discovery and evolution of individuals. She recently shared with the world this, her first ever self-published poetry chapbook titled Conversations with Self. She is enthusiastic about creativity, whether that be in the form of dancing, singing, writing, or inspiring others to live life to the fullest.
Racine Frank was evacuated from Ethiopia in March 2020 due to COVID-19 epidemic.
She is a graduate of the University of West Florida and a former team member at Gulf Coast Diplomacy.
Gulf Coast Diplomacy is a community-based member of Global Ties U.S. that helps promote citizen diplomacy in northwest Florida through professional and youth exchanges. The council works closely with the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Members of the council have the opportunity to interact with international visitors and other locals. Other programs locally include the Young Professionals Program, the Youth Diplomats Program, and Great Decisions.
Today, Racine is a Passport Specialist at the U.S. Department of State.