Thursday, December 17, 2009

Women Writers of Color: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Full name: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Location: New York, NY


Genre: MG, YA fiction and nonfiction (WIPs include younger books); multimedia projects

WiP or most recently published work: 8th Grade Superzero, Arthur A. Levine Books, January 2010. YA and chapter books in progress.

Writing credits:
Former writer and contributing editor for Word Up!, Rap Masters, Right On, Today's Black Woman magazines. former grantwriter, content developer for American Baby, Healthy Kids, Sunburst Communications, and more. Writer and editor of educational curricula and materials.

How frequently do you update your site?
Just getting started

Is your site designed for reader interaction?
My blog will be.

Post of note, something in particular you want readers to check out:
The Writers Against Racism series in general:

my post is here

100 words or less how would you describe your work?
I try to write with heart and honesty, to tell stories of the rich and varied lives of young people of colour.

100 words on less please share your thoughts on writers:
I cherish the writers in my life whose words and ideas encouraged critical thinking and meaningful action. Now more than ever, as some of us have access to a dizzying array of media resources (and very many of us don't), I think that writers who are not afraid to be thoughtful, to have a point of view, and to be human, are essential activists.
Thank you for allowing us to promote and support your work.


Doret said...

Just finished 8th Grade Superzero. I loved Reggie the MC and his friends.

I thought it was wonderful and so needed. MG fiction can and should be more inclusive and colorful

I hope to see Reggie and his friends again.

Bravo, Olugbemisola

Olugbemisola (Mrs. Pilkington) said...

Thanks so much, Doret! That means a lot to me. And many thanks to Color Online for their support of women writers of colour everywhere.

tanita davis said...

I am awaiting this writer's book and have heard good things already! Can't wait!

MissAttitude said...

I'm really excited to read 8th Grade Superzero for the YA & MG 2010 Challenge! (I would have read it earlier actually, but I wanted to save it for this challenge :)
Can't wait to see your blog when it's fully completed Olugbemisola!

Sarah Olutola said...

That's a Nigerian/Yoruba name if I ever heard one :D I'm so excited! Can't wait to read your stuff!

Zetta said...

I love that Gbemi writes novels (and rap articles!) AND makes things with her hands...sometimes making things in your head isn't enough, though I'm useless with a pair of knitting needles. Thanks for spotlighting her, Susan!

Olugbemisola (Mrs. Pilkington) said...

Thanks so much for the support, everyone! And yes, Sarah, it looks like we've got some sisterhood going. :) Zetta, I think we just need to have a knitting party, complete with cupcakery, and you'll be on your way.