Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry and was a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam. Her performances have featured on HBO, The Huffington Post, MTV, and the BBC among others. She is a full-time touring artist and this is her first full collection.
Olivia writes about the women who were forgotten and the men who got off too easy with an empathy and anger that yanked every emotion on the spectrum out of me. Her words can `make a crop top out of anything,' and make you laugh, cry, and walk around the block three times, thinking `How did she do that?' Imagine our luck, getting to live in the age of Olivia Gatwood. Goddamn. * Jamie Loftus * Life of the Party is an electrifying collection of poems about the agonies and ecstasies of being a young woman. * Leigh Stein, author of 'Land of Enchantment' * Olivia Gatwood is a revolution of woman, a flurry of insight harnessing the language of self-assessment and acceptance. Her poems invite a contemporary understanding of sexuality and the feminine form, feminism and inclusion, intersection and advocacy. Her metaphors and images are both breath and being. This book is an offering to the silenced for firepower and reflection. A haystack of hallelujahs reside in these pages. * Mahogany Brownie, author of 'Black Girl Magic' *