Olu Butterfly Woods's debut book: The Revenge of Dandelions has a unique approach to words, which she terms "urban juju poetry." Her influences are as diverse as her background, drawing on the likes of Toni Morisson to Paul Simon. From the panic-ridden look at humanity in Cosmic Alzheimers to the private drama in PPS to the Lovesick Lover of Motionless Things to the demand for glorious upheaval in My Dream Mud Hut with No Fences, she brings the reader on a journey via questions and affirmations.
In the preface Haki R. Madhubuti (Poet, Distuinguished Professor Chicago State University) writes, "There is a critical clarity of thought communicated in a blue black-born speech. [She is] a genuine poet, an artist of rare talent and spirit, who has poured her soul, imagination, originality and creative vision into these poems. Her poems require careful reading from all who relish surprises, subtle word play and an enthusiasm for life in their literature."
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Olu Butterfly Woods can be described as a 20-something Scientist/Dancer born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, raised in St. Croix, Philly, DC, and currently residing in Baltimore, MD.
Graduating with Honors from University of MD with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she decided to embark on a promising career in the arts. Besides being a professional dancer, she has received acclaim for her spoken word performance, which Saul Williams termed "absolutely inspirational." She has slammed, performed, and participated on panels up and down the East Coast. She has also toured with Fertile Ground and is hostess of the most popular open mic/jam session in the DC/Baltimore area: Organic Soul Tuesdays.
Besides being on tour to promote her new release: The Revenge of Dandelions, she is currently director of Poetry for the People Baltimore, an organization growing from June Jordan's vision, using the power of the spoken word movement for communal improvement.
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