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adrienne danyelle oliver is a poet-educator, hip-hop scholar from Little Rock, AR currently living in the SF Bay Area. Her previous work has appeared in Storytelling, Self & Society (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Patrice Lumumba: An Anthology of Writers on Black Liberation (Nomadic Press, 2021) and Write Now! SF Bay’s Anthology Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color (Pease Press, 2021). Adrienne enjoys writing about intergenerational healing. First diagnosed with fibroids in 2014, she has spent a great deal of time reflecting on her experience in relation to that healing. She has two chapbooks, collective madness (Finishing Line Press) and The Body Has Memories (Nomadic Press) forthcoming in 2022, which include these reflections. Part poetry, part memoir, these chapbooks are the beginning of a conversation she hopes to start with other women living with fibroids. Some of Adrienne’s favorite authors include Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. When she is not writing, Adrienne is reading or watching documentaries. She also leads a monthly healing writing circle for Black women.

My Books

collective madness

Essential Truths

Patrice Lumumba

 
reviews

collective madness is an ecosystem cross-examining the architecture of colonialism, western medicine, and the construction of race. A testament to resiliency, tone choreographs light so that death is a letting go of / I in exchange for we. Undertones of Sonia, Ntozake, and Lucille, adrienne blossoms in this collection. She emerges as the innovative Black poet; she divinely is writing to her/ our people. Ashé.

THEA MATTHEWS,

poet and author of Unearth [The Flowers] 

 
 
 
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