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Life of the Party: Poems
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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, 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.

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"I cannot remember reading a collection of poems in one sitting before, but I dove through Gatwood's in one evening--and then came up for air and dove again."--Lauren Berry, author of The Lifting Dress

"Gatwood's 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 resides in these pages."--Mahogany L. Browne, author of Black Girl Magic "I love Olivia Gatwood's voice, her spirit, her genius way of turning and turning and turning a poem until it shines. These poems are a light. I'd follow this book anywhere. I'd trust it with my life."--Carrie Fountain, author of Burn Lake

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