Patrick M. Oliver is a literary and education consultant dedicated to promoting reading and writing as tools of empowerment. Through a variety of innovative projects Oliver engages children, youth and adults in activities such as writing workshops, author talks, book discussions, professional development sessions and community forums. Literary and business development consultant for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors. Founder Say It Loud! Readers and Writers a literary arts organization.
He is publisher and editor of the Essence Magazine best-selling anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth (2006). Contributor – “Featuring Leaders of Poetry Organizations for Kids from Around the United States” in the publication Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s April 2013). Author and publisher On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People (2015). His forthcoming book Notes From A Literary Activist: Creating the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leaders scheduled for 2021 (Third World Press).
Mr. Oliver was Director of Sales and Marketing at Third World Press (Chicago, IL); Program Director for the Open Book Program a citywide after-school reading program (Chicago, IL) and spent over 10 years as a material management analyst and senior contract administrator in the defense industry (Los Angeles, CA). He has organized and facilitated panels and workshops for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, American Library Association, College Language Association, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Harlem Book Fair and numerous other conferences and events.
Oliver has made three appearances on CSPAN BookTV; Black America Web feature “Faces of Hope: Patrick Oliver Teaches Kids to Be Successful Readers and Writers”; special guest author at the National Book Club Conference (2014) and Literary Excellence Award Recipient (2014). Named advisory board member Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The City of Little Rock proclaimed April 29, 2017 Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Day founded in 1997 to engage the community in literary arts activities.
Creator, executive producer and host of Literary Nation Talk Radio a live weekly broadcast on JoyNet Radio (www.joynetradio.com).
Developed in-school, after-school and summer enrichment programs for the Little Rock School District, William Penn School District (Lansdowne, PA), Open Book Program (Chicago, IL), Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AR), City of Little Rock Community Programs Office, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Diversity Affairs (Little Rock, AR) and Wallace Community College Trio/Upward Bound Program (Eufaula, AL).
Program development specialist for projects and programs such as: