Opal Palmer Adisa
Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa is a Jamaica-born award-winning poet, novelist, performance artist, ethnologist, educator and more — a true renaissance woman. She is has written for over 100 publications, and has performed of her work all over the world. Adisa holds; a BA from New York University; two MAs from San Francisco State University, English and Drama; and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jamaica born (1954) Adisa has written several novels, including the novel, It Begins with Tears (1997), which Rick Ayers proclaimed was one of the most motivational works for young adults. She has been a resident artist in internationally acclaimed residencies, such as Instituto Sacatar in Brazil and Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. Opal’s work has been reviewed by Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Alice Walker, the latter describing her work as "solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love."
A compassionate teacher, gifted diversity trainer, literary critic, and
proud mother of three accomplished children, Opal is a parenting editor and
host at KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California. She has published numerous
articles on different aspects of parenting and is currently working on a