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Olivia Gatwood: The 26-Year-Old Poet You Should Be Watching

Olivia Gatwood was born February 23, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And, in her short twenty-six years on this planet, this woman has taken no small-steps toward proving her brilliance, strength, resilience, and power.

 

At just sixteen, Gatwood led twenty other women in a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit against their boss at a local bakery. She now works as a Title IX Compliant (a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.“) and runs community-building workshops on sexual assault prevention and recovery.

 

Gatwood has gained international acclaim for her poetry, which illuminates the power and vitality of girlhood, adolescence, and growth. She has been featured on HBO, VH1, BBC, MTV, Huffington Post and more. Not to mention, she has been a finalist for the National Poetry Slam, Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), and Brave New Voices.

 

In 2017, Gatwood released a collection of poems titled NEW AMERICAN BEST FRIEND and to-date has sold more than 200,000 copies. The book, an anthology of exposed vulnerabilities and gut-punching personal encounters, takes it reader into the mind and heart of teendom and girlhood. It is funny, heartbreaking, raw, gritty, and relatable in the most human of ways. Thought Catalog called it, “The book I wish I had as a teenage girl.”

 

Her new collection, WHO ARE YOU ALWAYS DRESSING UP FOR?, is set to release in 2019. 

 

Check out some of Gatwood’s work below:

 

 

One more thing when they call you a bitch, say thank you. Say thank you, very much.

 

 

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7 Quotes from Modern Poets For When You’ve Got the Sads

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of writing in existence. It has been the go-to for both writers and avid-readers in need of a way to express themselves, clear their heads, and share thoughts that can’t always be easy to share since the beginning of time, and, with such a rise in modern poets hitting the big time and making waves in the press, it’s right now as popular and relevant as ever. Yay, poets! Yay, poems! Yay, poetry!

 

Here are seven of my favorite quotes from modern poets for the days when you’re feeling down and need a little help getting back on your feet:

 

 

“We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. All of us need to stop apologizing, for having been to hell and come back breathing.”

—Clementine von RadicsBroken (buy Dream Girl now)

 


 

“let me say right now for the record,

I’m still gonna be here

asking this world to dance,

even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet.

You, you stay here with me, okay?

You stay here with me”

—Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase (buy HEY GALAXY now)

 


 

“I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.”

—Nayyirah Waheed, salt. (buy salt. now)

 


 

“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But in that instant, I get to share your present. And you, you get to share mine. And that is the greatest present of all. 

—Sarah Kay, Hiroshima (buy All Our Wild Wonder now)

 


 

“time never stops, but does it end? and how many lives

before take-off, before we find outselves

beyond ourselves, all glam-glow, all twinkle and gold?”

—Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars (buy Wade in the Water: Poems now)

 


 

“You will come away bruised.

You will come away bruised

but this will give you poetry.”

—Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (buy The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir now)

 


 

“And I say:

“Okay, so maybe I don’t fear the sky

Maybe I fear the alone my body will feel when the sky decides to let me go”

And she takes her hand off my chest,

holds it up against the window, pushes it real deep

And she says:

“Look at this. Look at this, child.

From up here, everything pure and white

Is magnificent and unbreakable and holy

From up here, we all have such amazing bones”

—Hanif Abdurraqib, Dig those sunsets, pony (buy They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us now)

 

 

                                     

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