I’m Paula Simone White…
but probably not the one you’re thinking of.
I’m an author, a musician and a fifth generation textile artist. As a Chicago native, I’ve worked as a registered nurse for nearly 15 years and received degrees in English and creative writing. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago to an ex-Vietnam veteran who worked in the illustrious meat packing industry for 43 years and a bank employee who later became a teacher’s aide.
“Aunt Roberta’s Sunflowers” Essay published in the upcoming Manifesting Healthy Futures Anthology 2015
“The Future of the Licensed Practical Nurse” Essay published in the Illinois Licensed Practical Nursing Journal in 2001
“Consuming War” Art Exhibit at Hyde Park Art Center in November 2007
“Manifesting Healthy Futures-24/7 Voices and Visions of Wellness” Art Exhibit at Macy’s on State Street in April 2015
This is the story behind my birth name:
First Name: Paula
When my mother was seven months pregnant with me, my maternal grandmother and maternal great grandmother sent my mother in Chicago a package which contained a letter with the name Paula and a single Irish chain baby quilt that they both created together from Marvel, Arkansas. I was the first grandchild out of twenty seven grandchildren on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family, so they were very excited to name me, even though they didn’t know my gender at the time. So my name, my gender and my destiny as a textile artist had been preordained.
Middle Name: Simone
In 1968, my father had just came back home from the Vietnam War. While he was in Chicago, he fell in love with jazz music, most especially with the sounds of jazz singer Nina Simone. He had the honor of giving me the middle name Simone.
Last Name: White
To my knowledge, I am not any relation to Paula White, the television evangelist minister in Florida, though I am frequently mistaken for her. I am not quite sure of why.