(1961 – 2011)
It’s a tragic day for the progression of poetry, the written and spoken word, consciousness. . . . We have just heard about the loss of our friend and contributor Akilah Oliver. May your spirit continue to rage, rage against the dying of light, Akilah.
Akilah is the author of the recently published A Toast In the House of Friends. She was born in 1961 in L.A. In the 1990’s she founded and performed with the feminist performance collective Sacred Naked Nature Girls. For several years, Akilah lived and raised her son Oluchi McDonald (1982-2003) in Boulder, Colorado where she was a teacher at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Recently, in New York City, Akilah taught poetry and writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School, Pratt Insitute and The Poetry Project. She was a PhD candidate at The European Graduate School and a member of the Belladonna Collaborative.
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