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Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories

Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories


Opal Palmer Adisa


    1987, second edition

    ISBN 0-932716-20-2



    Opal Palmer Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Germany, England, and Prague, and has performed in Italy and Bosnia. An award-winning poet and prose writer, Adisa has over sixteen titles to her credit, including the novel, It Begins With Tears (1997), which Rick Ayers proclaimed as one of the most motivational works for young adults. She has been a resident artist in internationally acclaimed residencies such as El Gounda (Egypt), Sacatar Institute (Brazil) and McColl Center, (North Carolina) and Headlands Center for the Arts (California, USA). Opal Palmer Adisa’s work has been reviewed by Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Alice Walker, who described her work as “solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love.”


    For the last 23 years Opal was a distinguished professor at California College of the Arts. She has been a visiting professor at several universities including, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of the Virgin Islands. Her poetry, stories, essays, and articles on a wide range of subjects have been collected in over 400 journals, anthologies, and other publications, including Essence Magazine. She has also conducted workshops in elementary through high school, museums, churches, and community centers, as well as in prison and juvenile centers.



    Solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love,

    -Alice Walker


    I greet this collection of writing by Opal Palmer Adisa with enthusiasm and joy, and a touch of awe. Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories brilliantly captures the complexities of our island homeland, Jamaica . . . [Adisa's] stories chart the experience of island-women . . . with a deep understanding and compassion, and a true sense of their terror and pride, the ghosts that dog their tracks, the dailiness of their lives. Opal Palmer Adisa is a fine, fine writer, who makse Jamaica and her women live for us as few before her have done.

    -Michelle Cliff

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