Olivia J Carmel is a poet. She “published” her first book at the age of eight and attended the Kenyon Review & New England’s Bread Loaf Young Writers’ conferences before obtaining her BFA in Creative Writing from DePauw University.
She began quietly sharing unedited, stream-of-consciousness poetry on her Tumblr in 2011 and earned a small, but earnest following. What started as a personal catharsis became a community. Readers began asking if she would publish a book of poems. And so she did.
Olivia is also a filmmaker. Her boutique film production company, Big Loud Films produced the poetry films that accompany A HOW-TO GUIDE ON SURVIVING YOUR FIRST BEE STING.