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Opal Palmer Adisa
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Diverse and multi-genre, Opal Palmer Adisa is a writer of both poetry and prose, as well as a photographer, professor/educator and cultural activist. Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South Africa, Ghana.
She is the author of 14 titles, poetry, prose and 2 novels.
4-Headed Woman, poetry collection, Tia Chucha Press, 2013
Painting Away Regrets, novel, Peepal Tree Press, 2011
Caribbean Erotic, anthology of poetry, prose & essays with Donna Weir-Soley, Peepal Tree Press, 2010
Until Judgment Comes, short stories, Peepal Tree Press, 2007
Adisa has read and perform her work throughout Europe, included in Bosnia, the Caribbean, South America and Africa.
Her novel and poetry have been taught all over the world, and her works have been anthologized in more than 400 publications.

Entries by Opal Palmer Adisa

Paving Her Own Road: A Tribute to Writer, Maya Angelou

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

-- Maya Angelo

At a gathering two Friday evenings ago, the host asked me to read...

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Ruby Dee, More than a Pretty Face and Sultry Voice

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:14 PM

I fell in love with Ruby Dee the first time I saw her perform. Petite yet formidable, her presence swept me away like a gigantic wave that pulls you under with its swell. Ruby Dee, like Maya Angelou who recently passed, was not simply an artist, or rather her art...

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Amiri Baraka: an Anansi Spirit of Poetic Disguises/Genius

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:47 PM

I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration. Otherwise you might be accused of being disingenuous...

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Winnie, 'The Mother of the Nation' Freed Mandela's Voice

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 1:42 PM

"We have no guns -- we have only stones, boxes of matches and petrol. Together, hand-in-hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country." --Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Last Tuesday, I listened, with millions from around the world, as President Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela, a...

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Swaddling the Pain: For Our Black Boys 1 Week After the Trayvon Martin Verdict

(56) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:23 AM

I don't remember how old I was when I first saw the picture of Emmett Till's distorted and bloated face in his coffin. It is forever etched in my mind. How does one name that fear that makes grown men brutally murder a 14-year-old boy for allegedly whistling at a...

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