Other Work

ARTICLES/STORIES:

  • Winnie, Mother of the Nation Freed Mandela’s Voice, HuffingtonPost.com, December 19, 2013
  • The Living Word: Tiphane Yanique, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
  • The Living Word: Mark Sylvester, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  • The Living Word: Lucille Clifton, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • The Living Word: Claude McKay, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, August 6, 2013
  • The Living Word: Louise Bennett, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
  • The Living Word: Octavia Paz, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
  • The Living Word: Maya Angelou, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • The Living Word: Langston Hughes, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • The Living Word: Gabriela Mistral, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • The Living Word: Gwendolyn Brooks, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • The Living Word:  Derek Walcott, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • The Living Word: Pablo Neruda, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • The Living Word: Opal Palmer Adisa, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • The Living Word: Audre Lorde, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • Swaddling the Pain: For Our Black Boys 1 Week After the Trayvon Martin Verdict, HuffingtonPost.com, July 19, 2013
  • Your Kids Summer Fun in the Country, June, 27, 2013, Healthyyounow.com/Parenting/Graduate Mom
  • 10 Reasons I am Grateful to be a Mother, Healthyyounow.com, May 12, 2013,
  • How to talk to Your Child About the Recent Acts of Violence in the News, Healthyyounow.com, May 9, 2013
  • Not Ready to be a Grandmother: My Teenage Daughter is Pregnant, Healthyyounow.com, April 25, 2013
  • An Alternative Punishment for Your Teenager, Healthyyounow.com, April 11, 2013
  • Expecting Your Second Child, Healthyyounow.com, April 4, 2013,
  • Mommy’s Me Time, Healthyyounow.com, March 6, 2013
  • How Can I Encourage my Nine Year Old Son to Eat Less & More Healthy?, Healthyyounow.com, February 27, 2013
  • Special Time All Year-round With Your Child, Healthyyounow.com, February 20, 2013
  • Graduate Mom, Please Help Me Dress My Daughter, Healthyyounow.com, February 12, 2013
  • Writing About Death/Assessing the Worth of a Man,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, April 1, 2012
  • “Can Poets Save the World?” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, March 4, 2012
  • A Writer and Her Books,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, February 12,  2012
  • “The Status of Caribbean Literature,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, January1, 2012
  • “The Classroom is My Stage,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, November 6, 2011
  • “Understanding Where I Belong: Where is Home?” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, October 16, 2011
  • “Jamaicans Living in Paris,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, September 18, 2011
  • “Traveling With My Adult Son,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, August 28, 2011
  • “If You Scratch a Panamanian, You Will Find a Jamaican,” The Jamaican Observer, Bookends, July 03, 2011
  • “Big Up Jamdown Poets,” The Jamaican Observer, May 29, 2011
  • “Haiti’s Rara Culture,” geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com, May 16, 2011.
  • “Jamaica’s Relationship with Haiti,” www.yardedge.net, 28 April, 2011.
  • “Boukman: The Thread that Connects Jamaica to Haiti,” The Jamaican Observer, March 27, 2011
  • In Search of Claude McKay,” http://www.yardedge.net, 26 August 2010.
  • “Dear Michelle: Fierce in Red,” Go, Tell Michelle edited by Barbara A, Seals Nevergold & Peggy Brooks-Bertram, 2009, pp.235-237.
  • “Love Letter to Miss Lou: Memories Intersect History,” In Journal of West Indian Literature, Volume 17, No.2, April 2009, pp. 1-4
  • “Her Own Woman,” In Edinburgh Review 123: Caribbean Logic, UK, 2008, pp. 35-40.
  • “A Mother’s Letter of frustration,” & “A Letter Before a Transcontinental Voyage,” How We Love: Letters and Lessons for the Next Generation. Eds. Karyn Langhorne Folan et al.  Capitol Bookfest, 2008, pp. 72-77.
  • “The Ancestor in the Tree,” In Treasure House 2, Eds. Veronica Simon & Barbara Applin,  Macmillan, 2007 pp. 200-213.
  • “Things You Should Know: A Letter to My Son,” In Journey into My Brother’s Soul, Edited by Maria D. Dowd, 2007,  pp. 83-91
  • “Mother Mushet,” In  XCP Cross Cultural Poetics, 2007, pp. 92-110
  • What I’m Reading,” In Shy Writing, July-august, 2007, p. 16.
  • “Eating Jamaica,” In Caribbean Dispatches. Edited by Jane Bryce, Macmillan Caribbean, 2006,  pp. 160-164.
  • “A Letter to My Father On My Forty-Sixth Birthday,” In Daddy, Can I Tell you Something? Edited by Angela Floyd. (Sela Press, 2006) pp.60-67
  • “Fruit Series,” In Flash Fiction, edited by James Thomas & Robert Shapard, (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006) pp. 202-204
  • “My Body as Transcript,” In The Caribbean Writer, Volume 20, 2006, pp.188-197.
  • “Some Unsaid Things,” Eleven Eleven, Volume 3, 2006, pp. 98-100
  • “Catching Butterflies,” & “Girls Do” in Treasure House 1: A Caribbean Anthology, eds. Veronica Simon & Barbara Applin. Macmillan-Caribbean, England, 2006, pp. 49-56 & 81-89.
  • “A Birthday Card From My Father,” & “Dinner At My Father’s House, December 2000,” in My Soul to His Spirit, edited by Melda Beaty, Soul Dictates Publishing, 2005, pp.60-65 & pp.93-96
  • “I Don’t Wanna Be a Mother Anymore,” in The Essential Hip Mama, edited by Ariel Gore, (Seal Press, 2004) pp. 97-102.
  • “The Living Roots,” in So Long Been Dreaming, eds. Nalo Hopkinson & Uppinder Mehan. (Arsenal, 2004), pp. 230-242.
  • “At The Falls,” in Foreign Affairs: Erotic Travel Tales, ed. Mitzi Szereto. Cleis, 2004, pp. 44-60
  • “Jamaica in My Living Room,” In Nesting: It’s a Chick Thin, eds. Ame Mahler Beanland & Emily Miles Terry. Workman Publishing, 2004,  pp. 234-235)
  • “Glimpses,” 50-word stories in Anthurium, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2004 – http://scholar.library.miami.edu/anthurium.
  • “There is Always a Way,” Looking Back, ed, Rebecca Wecks, (New Brighton Books, 2003) p. 74-84
  • “Conscience is the Same as Do Right,” The Caribbean Writer, Vol. 17, 2003, pp.121-133.
  • “Fruit Series,” Zyzzyva, Spring 2003, pp. 115-116
  • “A Family Build on Love,” & “The Color Wheel,” Calabash, Volume 2, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2003  – (http://library.nyu.edu/calabash/about.html). Pp. 157 & 160
  • “My Daughter Off to College,” hip Mama 28, 2003, pp. 20-21
  • “Hot Dogs, Burritos, Egg Rolls & Pizza: The Taste of Diversity,” Bay Area Parent, November 2002, pp 10 & 12.
  • “My Gifted Son,” hip Mama 27, June 2002, pp. 16-18.
  • “She Be the Spit and the Flame: June Jordan,”  MaComère, Vol. 5, 2002, pp.1-5
  • “Crystal’s Desire and Shango’s Feast,” in Best Black Women’s Erotica 2, 2002 ed. Samiya Bashir, p. 102-106
  • “No One is Safe and Many are in Pain: September 11, 2001,” Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Newsletter, November 2001, pp. 15-17.
  • “Mystic Man: Irations/Jahrations” For the Geography of a Soul: Emerging Perspectives on Kamau Brathwaite. Ed. Timothy J. Reiss.  Africa World Press, 2001, pp.363-376.
  • “A Writer in the Caribbean,” Calabash, Spring/Summer 2001, Volume 1 Number 2, p. –95-99.
  • “Runaway Mom,” hip Mama, August 2001, pp. 7-8.
  • “A Literary Garden: Remembering Barbara Christian,” African Voices, Winter 2000/20001, pp.11-12
  • “Life Outsmarting Death,” MaComère, Vol. 3, 2000, pp.5-7
  • “De Myal Man,” The Caribbean Writer, Vol. 14, 2000, pp.181-189.
  • “My Teenage Daughter: It Hecka Hurts,” hip Mama, August 2000, pp.14-15.
  • “I Don’t Want to be a Mother Anymore!,” hipMama,  1999, pp.12-13.
  • “Cuban Women in Support of the Revolution,” Black Elegance (BE), October 1999, pp. 42-43 & 74,75.
  • “Street Sex 101,” Belle, Summer 1999, pp. 52-53 & 66 & 67.
  • “My First Lesson in Sex,” Postcolonialism & Autobiography. Eds. Alfred Hornung & Ernstpeter Ruhe. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998, pp. 192-195
  • “Children Must Be Seen and Heard,” in Voice, Memory, Ashes.  Eds. Jacob Ross & Joan Anim-Addo, Mango Publishing, 1999, pp. 25-42.
  • “Safe Under the House: Defining Caribbean Space,”  Thamyris, Vol.5, No. 8. 1998, pp. 357-362.
  • “The Swelling of a Womb/the Forging of a Writer,” in The Caribbean Writer, Volume 12, 1998, pp. 115-123.
  • “Lying in the Tall Grasses Eating Cane.” The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction. Ed. John Loughery, Persea Books,2000, pp. 183-190; In Lucky Break: How I Became A Writer. Ed. Howard Junker, Heinemann, 1999 & Zyzzyva, XIV. 1, Spring 1998, pp.171-176.
  • “A Man to Lean On, A Friend to Hang With.” In Journal of Multicultural Heartspeak, Volume 2, Number 4, November 1997/February 1998. web site: http:/www/mdcc.edu/north/asail/published/journal/hpm.
  • “A Barrel of Laughter and a Bucket of Tears,” In Journal of Multicultural Heartspeak, Volume 1, Number 4, May 1997, web site: http:/www/mdcc.edu/north/asail/published/journal/hpm.
  • “Mattie and Night’s Sister,” In Crab Orchard Review, Volume 2, Number 2, Spring/Summer 1997, pp. 3-10.
  • “On Island Time: Jamaican Rhythms Echo in a California Yard,” In Garden Design, June/July, 1997, p. 120.
  • “The Art of Co-Parenting: Learning to Put Your Children First After a Divorce,” Black Elegance, May 1997, pp. 50-52.
  • “Listening to My Stomach,” Papyrus, Vol.3, No.3, Spring 1997, pp. 14-15.
  • “My Daughters’ Gifts to Me: Joy and Crowning,” In An Intricate Weave: Women Writing About Girls and Girlhood. Ed. Margaret Miller.  (Iris Editions 1997) pp. 306-311.
  • “My Mother’s Daughter,” In hip Mama, #11, November 1996, pp. 11-13.
  • “Growing Up in Jamaica,” In I Am Beautiful: A Celebration of Women in Their Own Words, (Rose Communication, 1996), pp. 61.
  • “Imagining the Landscape: The Making of a Writer,” In Papyrus, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 1996, pp. 14-15.
  • “A Teller of Tall Tales: In Memory of Toni Cade Bambara,” In Papyrus, Vol. 2 No.4, Summer 1996,  pp. 12-13.
  • “Dance When the Spirit Moves You,” In  National Black Arts Festival 96, pp. 94-95.
  • “Tilling the Diversity Field: What’s the word at CCAC?” In Chimera, Issue 1, Volume 11, February 1996, pp. 8-9.
  • “Cooperative Savings: An African Tradition’s Lesson in Economic Empowerment.” In Black Elegance, April 1996, pp. 36-38.
  • “For the Love of My Children.” In Oakland Voices, Fall 1995, Volume 1, pp. 11-13.
  • “The Brethren” In The Caribbean Writer, Volume 9, 1995, pp.182-214.
  • “Red Shoes & Alligators” In Scarp 26, May 1995, pp. 52-53.
  • “Loving Our Behinds” In Black Elegance, August 1995, pp. 34 & 62.
  • “Father, No Longer Daddy?” In SAGE, Vol. IX, No.1, Spring 1994, pp. 37-39.
  • “Writing: A Protracted Struggle and a Way of Life.” Black Quarterly Review of Books, Vol.2, No. 3, Jan/Feb 1995, p. 37.
  • “Where is My Village?” In hip Mama Issue #4, Winter 1995, pp. 16-18.
  • “Miss Scott.” In Short Fiction By Women Issue #6, 1994, pp.41-48.
  • “Across the Street.”  In Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Fall/Winter 1993.
  • “To Live a Dream: Roy Saunders of the Grand Oak Gallery.” In Konceptualizations, Vol.9, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter/Spring, 1993.
  • “Them Belly Full But We Hungry: Artists Sounding the Familiar.” In Third Force, July/August, 1993, pp. 29-31.
  • Daughters of Africa, Ed. Margaret Busby (Pantheon Books, 1992).
  • Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam, Ed. Carmen C. Esteves and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Rutgers University Press, 1991).
  • Caribbean New Wave: Contemporary Short Stories, Ed. Stewart Brown.  (Heinemann, 1990).
  • “I am a Poet.” In Under the Bridge of Silence, California Poets in the Schools Statewide
  • Anthology, 1986, pp. 72-73.
  • “What is the Place of Third World Poetry?” Gourd Song: CPITS Third World Poets, San Francisco, Spring 1986, p. 2.
  • “Poet as Historian.” This Poem Knows You, California Poets in the School Statewide Anthology, 1985, pp. 23-25.

*For full list of works, publications, and performances please contact Opal for her full vita

*Also look for Opal reading and reciting her work on Youtube

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