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Biography:

 

Oktavi has performed as a featured reader in Los Angeles, CA and Raleigh/Durham, NC.  She has performed as a guest poet on the radio broadcast, Spoken Work Express on KPDFK.  She participated in the California Arts Council, Artist-in-Communities Residency program.  While in California, she was one of the founding members of the women’s writing group Motley Cabal and founding editor of Teen View, a Los Angeles newsletter for young writers.  She is a member of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective.  Oktavi has published two collections of poems “Restoration and Amandla.  Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies.  Although her main focus is poetry one of her short stories, Pie Shell, was published in the Baltimore Review.  Oktavi is a New York native who currently resides in Florida. 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

1995      “Restoration”, Self Published Collection

 

Oktavi has performed as a featured reader in Los Angeles, CA and Raleigh/Durham, NC.  She has performed as a guest poet on the radio broadcast, Spoken Work Express on KPDFK.  She participated in the California Arts Council, Artist-in-Communities Residency program.  While in California, she was one of the founding members of the women’s writing group Motley Cabal and founding editor of Teen View, a Los Angeles newsletter for young writers.  She is a member of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective.  Oktavi has published two collections of poems “Restoration and Amandla.  Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies.  Although her main focus is poetry one of her short stories, Pie Shell, was published in the Baltimore Review.  Oktavi is a New York native who currently resides in Florida. 

PUBLICATION:
 
1995    “Pie Shell” (Short Story), Baltimore Review, Baltimore Writers’ Alliance, Maryland
 

1996       “Contract on America”, Fertile Ground, Edited  by Kalamu ya Salaam & Kysha N. Brown,  Runnagate Press, New Orleans, LA

 

1997      “Pie Shell” (Short Story), Baltimore Review, Baltimore Writers’ Alliance, Maryland

 

1997  “Tuesday Supper”, “C:\Backslash\Merge”, Dark Eros, Edited by Reginald Martin, PH.D., St. Martin’s Press, New York

 

1998  “Pardon Me”, Catch the fire, a cross generational anthology of contemporary African-American poetry, Edited by D-Knowledge, Riverhead Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, New York

 

1998  Amandla, Self Published Collection, Forward by Lenard D. Moore

 

2001  “Afefe”, “Hilda Juanita”, SAUTI MPYA, 10 Year Anniversary Issue, Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center  University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, NC

 

2001  “Billy”, Bum rush the page: a def poetry jam, Edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera, Three Rivers Press, New York

 

2002  “At Five”, Beyond the Frontier, African American Poetry for the 21st Century, Edited by E. Ethelbert Miller, Black Classic Press, Baltimore, MD

 

2005  “Grace”, Life’s Spices from Seasoned Sistahs, A Collection of Life Stories from Mature Women of Color,   Edited by Vicki Ward, Nubian Images Publishing, El Cerrito, CA

 

 

READINGS:
 

1994  Sponda Coffee House, Hermosa Beach, CA

 

1994  Hava Java Coffee Café, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

1995 Loyola Marymount University, Sponsored by John Reilly, Ph. D, Acting Chair African –American Studies

 

1995  KPFK Radio Broadcast, Spoken Work Express,

 hosted by Jah’key Lucien, Los Angeles, CA,

 

1996  Barnes & Nobel, A Poetic Love Song to Black Men, A performance by Infinity: The Collective (2-25-96)

 

1996  Carolina Friends School Exhibition Series, LaJan Productions (2/11)

 

1996  St. Mark’s Chapel, Mordecai Historic Park, N.C, “A Spirit of Revival”, LaJan Productions (11-17-96)

 

1997  Hayti Heritage Center, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Wordsmith Series, Program Director, Titus Brooks Heagins, Durham, NC (01/16/1997)

 

1997  The Arts Center, African-American oral traditions: the spoken work, spirituals, jazz and blues (2/23/1997)

 

1998  Eva Perry Regional Library, Carolina African-American Writer’ Collective, Raleigh, NC (2/22/1998)

 

1998  North Carolina Literary Festival, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A Celebration of Southern Writers and Readers (04/04/1998)

 

1999  Bookstar, National Poetry Month, Prof. Jill G. Waldron, Woodland Hills, CA

 

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