Octavia McBride-Ahebee


Philadelphia, PA 19151

Author's Bio

I am unequivocally a citizen of the world. Pieces of me are everywhere and somewhere – unfortunately, there is always war. Consequently, my writing is informed and consumed by this bleak fact. As an artist, who had until quite recently lived abroad and returned home to the States as a result of a civil war in my adopted country of Cote d'Ivoire, I am overwhelmed by a sense of urgency to share, with people who are privileged and protected from the realities of war, what those realities are. I am as equally besieged by a need to push to center stage the victims of war and affirm and give dimensions to their experiences.

My work addresses such themes as civil war, rape as a weapon of war, environmental exploitation, self-immolation,obstetric fistula, the challenges of immigration, etc

Publications & Prizes

Fingernails Across The Chalkboard: Poetry And Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007)
Poetry Ink: The Tenth Anniversary Anthology (Plan B Press, 2006)
Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer (Miami University Press, 2006)
Where My Birthmark Dances (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Assuming Voices (Literary Pot Press, 2003)
Journals: ,
International Quarterly
Raving Dove
Sea Breeze: A Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writing
The Journal of the National Medical Association
Timbooktu.com (several poems)

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African American
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Philadelphia, PA
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Last update: Sep 06, 2018