Octavia McBride-Ahebee

Poet

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

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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Philadelphia
Raised in: 
Philadelphia, PA
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Last update: Sep 06, 2018