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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-profits organizations, publishers, best-selling and
award-winning authors. He is also the founder of 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 2018 by Third World Press. The book features a Foreword by
award-winning poet, author and Howard University English Professor Dr. Tony Medina.

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.
Additionally, 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 (Eufaula, AL).

 

Program development specialist for special projects and programs such as:

  • Co-founder annual Black Male Development Symposium (Arcadia University)
  • Project developer and lead coordinator Better Community Developers Nia Career and
    Computer Training Center (2009).
  • Program developer and manager Hey Everybody I’m Going to be A Doctor for
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Diversity Affairs
    (Summers 2010, 2011).
  • Researcher Little Rock School District to identify ways to increase number of minority
    boys participating in Gifted and Talented Programs (2012).
  • Co-wrote grant and program consultant for Pipeline to Health Professions (PHP2) with
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Diversity Affairs (April 2013).
  • Marketing consultant Third World Press (2008 to present)
  • Co-creator of Literacy and Law Tour with Law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall.
    (2015)
  • Creator and coordinator Boys, Breakfast and Books program at Winthrop Rockefeller
    Elementary, Little Rock, AR (2015)
  • Coordinated the three-day 20th Anniversary Celebration of Say It Loud! Readers and
    Writers (2017)
  • Consultant Roosevelt Union Free School District Boys to Men Mentoring Program Read
    Men Read Initiative (2017 to present)
  • Literary consultant and curator WordSpace (Dallas) (2017 to present)
  • Creator and consultant Little Rock Boys Are Lit! project engaging boys 12 to 19 in
    literary arts activities such as videoconferencing with publishing industry CEO’s, writing
    workshops, vision sessions, digital media training and more. (2017 to present)

 

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