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Olivia Gatwood is a young poet who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the youth, college and city champion of 2011. After moving out of the country at age 10, she discovered writing as a new pastime. What was once short stories, soon became short poems and eventually she ventured into the world of slam poetry. Inspired by performers such as the Cunninynguists, Buddy Wakefield and Sarah Kay, Olivia indulges herself in many spoken genres. Currently, she is featured with musical accompaniment on an album by Justin Hood, “The Falling Season”. Olivia was in the top 5 competitors in the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam. She was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices in October of 2010. She is currently a part of the Albuquerque Slam Team helped win the Group Piece Championship at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, MA in 2011. She will be competing at the Individual World Poetry Slam in October of 2011. Her first chap book “I’ve Removed Myself from the Kitchen” was released April 18th, 2011.
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