Opal Palmer Adisa

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Opal Palmer Adisa is a Jamaican writer and performance artist. She has authored three collections of short stories, Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories (1986), Traveling Women (with Devorah Major, 1989) and Until Judgement Comes: Stories about Jamaican Men (2007), two novels, It Begins With Tears (1997) and Painting Away Regrets (2011), four poetry collections, Tamarind and Mango Women (1992), Leaf-of-Life (2000), Caribbean Passion (2004) and I Name Me Name (2006), a collection of poetry and essays, Eros Muse (2006), a children’s book, Pina, The Many-Eyed Fruit (1985), and co-edited an anthology of poetry, Caribbean Erotic (2010), with Donna Aza Weir-Soley. Opal Palmer Adisa has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the 1987 Pushcart Prize for the short story “Duppy Get Her”, the 1992 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award for Tamarind and Mango Women, the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for “The Brethren” and the Master Folk Artist for Storytelling from the California Arts Council.

 More resources:

Click here to buy Opal Palmer Adisa’s books.

Visit her website here.

Visit Opal Palmer Adisa’s page on Red Room for her personal blogs, reviews of her work, some of her poetry and more.

Read The CRB‘s review of Caribbean Erotic.

Read The CRB‘s review of I Name Me Name.

Read Poéfrika’s interview.

Read Calabash‘s interview by Michela A Calderaro.

Read JANC‘s interview by Brenda Payton.

Read “Watching & Waiting” published by tongues of the ocean.

Watch West Valley College’s Spoken World Storytelling Series with Opal Palmer Adisa.

Watch readings of “Peeling Off the Skin” and “The Neccesity of Punctuation” from 2007’s Asili Night at Miami Dade College.

Watch Counter Pulse‘s Interview with Opal Palmer Adisa, Performing Diaspora Artist 2009.