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Adisa Opal Palmer
Adisa is a compassionate teacher, accomplished storyteller, gifted diversity trainer, and celebrated writer whose work is described by Alice Walker as “Solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love.”
Opal Palmer Adisa, award winning poet, literary critic, prose writer, storyteller and artist, is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and artist. The Jamaica-born writer is author of several books of poetry and stories for both adults and children; Leaf-of-Life is her most recent poetry collection, and her latest novel is It Begins With Tears. Adisa’s Tamarind and Mango Women won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award. Her poetry, stories and articles have been anthologized widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Her work with musicians as a performance poet has resulted in two extraordinary audio recordings.
Adisa is a professor of literature and creative writing, and former chair of the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity Program at the California College of the Arts. She has graced the campuses of
the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University. At the same time that she has taught at these institutions, she has also kept her commitment to
contribute to her community by conducting poetry, storytelling, and parenting workshops for teachers, educators, students, the indigent, “at-risk” young people, prisoners, and women on welfare.
Considered an expert in the area of cultural diversity, African American and Caribbean poetry and literature, Adisa regularly lectures and reads from her work on college campuses and other venues. Additionally, she is the Parenting Editor and host of a weekly radio program on KPFA, an affiliate of the Pacifica Radio Network.
Varia, innovativa e poliedrica, Opal Palmer Adisa è un talento eccezionale, cresciuta con la linfa della canna da zucchero e la brezza dell’oceano della Giamaica. Carismatica e preparata, gli interessi di Adisa spaziano dai temi dell’ambiente all’infanzia, e ci sono pochi argomenti di cui non abbia scritto in poesia, prosa o saggio. Oratrice ricercata ha tenuto lezioni e letto i suoi lavori nelgi Stati Uniti, in Europa, Sud Africa e nei Caraibi. Vincitrice di numerosi ppremi per la poesia...