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Olivia Williams

June 16, 2019


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Lailye Weidman

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Olivia (Liv) Williams is a 25-yr-old poet, educator, healthcare worker, and single parent of a baby boy, Levi, living in Hudson, NY. She shares stories about a range of topics including growing up in a Christian home, going to Catholic school and later public school, navigating identity and sexuality, youthwork callings and ideas for new youth programs, Jamaican Patois in her upbringing and its return in her parenting, finding poetry community in Troy, resisting depression as a label, different permutations of queerness in her life and in Hudson, and hopes for her son’s future and her own future. Levi is also present for the interview and can be heard playing, crying, going down for a nap, and sleeping.

This interview will be of value to poets, writers, religion scholars, linguists, philosophers, and psychologists, as well as those interested in the creative and spiritual lives of single parents, people investigating expansive approaches to wellness and mental health, historians of Hudson and the region, gatherers of LGBTQ and/or Jamaican American stories.

Interviewer Bio:
Lailye Weidman

Lailye Weidman is a 40-year old white, queer, cis woman of Anglo-European and Jewish Ashkenazi-European heritage. She is a professor of dance at Hampshire College, an independent choreographer/dance artist, and editor living in Northampton, MA.

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