Opal Palmer Adisa: Poet, Educator and Storyteller


Opal Palmer Adisa is the author of several books of poetry and stories for both adults and children. She is also the co-founder of Watoto Wa Kuumba, a children’s theatre group that she directed from 1979-1991.

Her poetry, stories and articles have been anthologized in over 100 magazines and journals.

Her books include the poetry collections, Eros MuseCaribbean Passion; Leaf of Life; I Name Me Name: Lola, Traveling Women, and Tamarind and Mango Women which won the 1992 Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award; the short story collections, Until Judgement Comes: Stories About Jamaican Men and Bake-face and other Guava Stories; the children’s story, Pina and the Many Eyed Fruit as well as the novel, It Begins with Tears.

Since 1993, Opal Palmer Adisa has taught literature and served as Chair of the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

She is also a regular performer of her work throughout the USA and she speaks on issues of parenting, hosting a regular show on the topic at a Pacific Radio Network affiliate station.

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2 Responses to “Opal Palmer Adisa: Poet, Educator and Storyteller”
  1. marilena polce says:

    i think you need to write something about her thoughts and meanings of her novels and stories.
    i am looking for the deep meaning of bake-face and other guava stories thanks sincerly yours
    marilena polce

  2. Yvonne Williams-Johnson says:

    My Dear Friend & Colleague Opal:

    Remember when we were in Jamaica, (Educational Broadcasting Service – EBS), even when I came to live in the Bronx NY? Rupert Morrison just called me to give me the information of your great and awesome achievements in life. I am so happy to know, and if I can hear from you I would just be more in awe.

    Blessings to you and your family.

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