About the author:
Martina McGowan, MD is about effective engagements in life. A physician (gynecology), who has spent a lifetime engaging formidable opponents. She has been a survivor and activist fighting against social, racial, and sexual injustices, and a physician serving underserved women who have been survivors, as well as heroines in the war on women.
Effectiveness means pushing through glass ceilings and the perceived limitations of others. Whether the conversation is about social and racial injustice, personal development, spiritual enlightenment, or her grandchildren's favorite books, she's about becoming involved wherever she finds herself.
A writer, a potter, an artist, a leader at work, and within her community, Martina believes in the example of choosing, learning, doing, and improving as you go. She enjoys traveling, reading, and speaking as well as copious amounts of laughter with family and friends. She feels that the most valuable skill in life is learning to listen.
Her debut poetry collection, “i am the rage,” is a poetic and poetic prose exploration of living inside injustice being released in February 2021 by Sourcebooks
i am the rage by Martina McGowan, illustrated by Diana Ejaita
For fans of Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb and Morgan Parker’s There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, comes a diverse poetry collection like no other. From two Black women of two different generations, I am The Rage provides insights that no think piece on racism can; putting readers in the position of feeling, reflecting, and facing what it means to be Black in America.
Dr. Martina McGowan, a retired doctor and grandmother, uses powerful free verse poetry to express the range of emotions and thoughts she had following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, giving readers a glimpse into an experience that may or may not mirror their own.
Contributing her art, Diana Ejaita’s work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Economist. “The poetry is so intense, the book is so strong, I am very honored...every word was turning and touching my soul. Very emotional," said Ejaita in reaction to her poems being a part of this groundbreaking and educational collection.
"I am The Rage is a timely look at generations of trauma and inaction."