Olivia Gatwood: Life of the Party (w/ Mahogany L. Browne)

Tuesday August 20: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Event Admission          Signed Copy, No Admission

Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as an educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. She is the author of the poetry chapbook New American Best Friend, and her poems have appeared in such publications as Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Poetry City, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Missouri Review. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World Poetry Slam, and the National Poetry Slam, Gatwood has been featured on HBO, HuffPost, MTV, VH1, and the BBC, among other media outlets. She is a full-time touring artist, and has performed at more than two hundred schools and universities worldwide.

Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture’s romanticization of violence against women in Life of the Party. At times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant, Life of the Party explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? In precise, searing language, she illustrates how what happens to our bodies can make us who we are.

Join us in the Rare Book room to hear Gatwood talk about her new work with fellow writer Mahogany L. Browne. 

Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World, and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia's performances have been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC among others. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, The Winter Tangerine Review, Poetry City U.S.A., Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Missouri Review. Her Amazon Best Selling collection, New American Best Friend, reflects her experiences growing up in both New Mexico and Trinidad, navigating girlhood, puberty, relationships, and period underwear.

Olivia is a full-time touring artist, and has performed internationally at over two-hundred schools and universities. Online, her videos, including Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Ode to My Bitch Face have gained over 3 million views collectively.

She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

 

 

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer and educator. Currently the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, Browne has received literary fellowships from Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House & Rauschenberg. Browne is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line. Mahogany is the author of best-selling illustrated book Black Girl Magic (Roaring Press/Macmillan) and co-editor of The Break Beat Poets: Black Girl Magic anthology. Browne currently teaches at Pratt and Adelphi University and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country.