Patrick Oliver is founder and program development specialist for Say It Loud! Readers and Writers a literary arts program dedicated to promoting reading and writing as tools of empowerment. Through a variety of innovative projects Say It Loud! engages children, youth and adults in activities such as community forums, author talks, book discussions and developmental workshops. Oliver currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with programmatic partnerships in Memphis, TN., Baltimore, MD., Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA. and Washington, D.C. Oliver is creator, executive producer and host of Literary Nation Talk Radio a live weekly broadcast which dialogues with authors, activist and artist such as Sharon Draper, Marian Wright Edelman, Common, Nikki Grimes, Hill Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Taylor and numerous others. He is publisher and editor of the Essence Magazine best-selling anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth. The anthology is a collection of essays, poems, short stories, photos and testimonials from artist, activist, authors, educators and literary advocates from around the country.
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