ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Toluwanimi Oluwafunmilayo Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised multidisciplinary artist, scholar, medicine womxn, and consultant.  She is the founder of the Palm Wine Collective (est. 2019), a Black creative arts collective.

 

She served as Denver's first Youth Poet Laureate from 2015-2016. In 2017 she was announced as one of The Root's 25 Young Futurists. She was a member and co-director of the literary and performance organization NUBA from 2015-2019. She served as a board member for the city of Denver's Commission on Cultural Affairs from 2017-2019. She is a two time TEDx Mile High speaker and along with being published in international anthologies such as Breakbeat Poets Volume II (Haymarket 2018), she is the author of three poetry books: OMI EBI MI (2015), How to Become a Lightning Storm (Penmanship 2017), and HONEY (2018).

 

Her visual art and music has been published and distributed internationally. Her art is a reflection of her ancestry, the rituals of healing in her present, and the shape of her dreams of the future.

Photo by Enock Kadima