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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. 

Elias Armao is an artist and musician. He designed the cover for A HOW-TO GUIDE ON SURVIVING YOUR FIRST BEE STING, as well as the art inside its pages. You can see more of his work at Dogged Line Design Supply and hear his band's music at OversleptBand.com