How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim?
The first time I experienced Olivia Gatwood was live at The Bell House in Brooklyn alongside 200 of her fans. Moments before Olivia started reading, the room went silent as the audience collectively took a sharp breath. The room felt electric.
Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling new feminist voice in poetry. In LIFE OF THE PARTY (Dial Press Trade Paperback, on sale 8/20), Gatwood weaves together her own coming of age with an investigation into our culture's romanticization of violence against women. Her precise, searing language--at times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant—explores how our experience as girls dictates how we exist in our bodies as women.
Olivia Gatwood poignantly deconstructs the dark side of girlhood, violence against women, and society’s obsession with true crime in this dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems. LIFE OF THE PARTY is as beautiful in its prose as it is powerfully honest, as complex as it is relatable. I am so thrilled to get this book into your hands and I hope you will consider it for prominent and timely coverage this August/September.