Poetry. Akilah Oliver's collection of poetry THE PUTTERER'S NOTEBOOK is #3 in the Belladonna Chapbook Series, published in editions of 300. Part of an ongoing series of historico-political note-taking, this radical and incomparable poet continues to question subjectivity, identity, race, gender, geography, travel and the rest of the wrought contemporary landscape.
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Akilah Oliver was the author of two poetry collections and four chapbooks. Her most recent poetry book, A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS, (Coffee House Press, 2009) employs prose, theory, and lyric performance frameworks to investigate mourning and retrievability. Her first book, the she said dialogues: flesh memory (Smokeproof Press/Erudite Fangs, 1999), was awarded the PEN Beyond Margins Award. Harryette Mullen states of the she said dialogues, "Akilah Oliver surveys the complex terrain of identity and sexuality with a concise intellectually engaged poetic language." Her chapbooks are A Collection of Objects (Tente Press, 2010), THE PUTTERER'S NOTEBOOK (Belladonna*, 2007), a(A)ugust (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2006), and An Arriving Guard of Angels: Thusly Coming to Greet (Farfalla Press , 2004). Born and raised in Los Angeles, she had been the artist-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles, the curator of the Poetry Project's Monday Night Reading Series, and received grants from the California Arts Council, The Flintridge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. At the end of her life she lived and taught in Brooklyn.Author City: Brooklyn, NY USA