About Porsha OlayiwolaPorsha Olayiwola is an African-American poet, writer, performer and educatorm. She was born in Chicago. Olayiwola earned a BA in African American Studies and Gender and Women Studies from the University of Illinois and is an MFA candidate at Emerson College. In2019 she was appointed the Poet laureate of Boston. Her first poetry collection, i shimmer sometimes, too was released in 2019 by Button Poetry. In 2020 her work was included in the exhibition Women Take the Floor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and Gender and Women Studies from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA from Emerson College.
She is the 2014 individual World Poetry Slam champion and the 2015 National Poetry Slam champion. She won a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets in 2020.
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