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Mawiyah Bomani

Mawiyah Bomani

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  • Artist Statement

    My writing is folklore and magic. My writing is tragic and blatant, there is no space for coy experiences. I call out the racist, the homophobe, the sexist, the religious zealot and I let the reader decide who is to be named hero or heroine. I am a poet and a playwright. I am a writer of women's fiction and children's literature. For me, words are truth serum freeing us all from this mediocre stage drama called life.
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    Olori Ifaniyi Wife Mama Red Rain Worshipper Spirit Walker Goopher Dust Weaver Wombniversal Healer Writer Diviner New Orleans HooDoo Diva

    Mawiyah Kai EL-Jamah Bomani is a native New Orleanian Writer and Spirit Woman. Mawiyah’s writings have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Dark Eros, Catch The Fire, Freeform Magazine, Beyond The Frontier, Kente Cloth, Fertile Ground, Family Portraits, Chicken Bones: A Literary Journal, Survival Digest Quarterly, From A Bend In The River, Thicker Than Water, The House of Misfit’s Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Essence Magazine, Keeping it Hushed: The Barbershop African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric, Looking for Soul, Black Poetry Music, The Louisiana Poetry Project and Women’s Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century. She is co-writer/director of the play Brown Blood Black Womb. She is also writer of the plays Spring Chicken, Crows Feet, Bourbon and Hair Anthem. She won playwright of the year for her play “Spring Chicken,” in 2013. Mawiyah is an educator, Egun Medium, Priestess of OYA in the Yoruba system of spirituality where she is addressed divinely as Olori Iyanifa Aboyade Omobola Bomani. She is editor of OyaN’Soro an explorative Ezine of Ifa understanding and Afrikan cultural identity and ideology. In the Fall of 2008 Mawiyah received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Mawiyah has her bachelor’s in Print-Journalism and English Literature from Southern University at New Orleans and a teaching certificate in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. Mawiyah currently lives, writes, and conducts Orisa rituals and root work in her home state of Louisiana. She is often quoted as saying, “If you wanna know where you going call yo ancestors, dial em up with your sanctified juju. The juju you was born with fore time knew your name.”


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