Life of the Party

Life of the Party

If A Girl Screams, and Other Poems


  • Life of the Party is largely a memoir, with memories of friendship as well as violence… [It] is also a meditation on Gatwood’s obsession with the true crime genre and her long-running fear of male violence.
    New York Times

About the author

Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood is the author of two poetry collections, New American Best Friend and Life of the Party. Her debut novel, Whoever You Are, Honey, was released in 2024, which she will also adapt for the screen. She has received international recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. Her performances have been featured on HBO, HuffPost, MTV, VH1, and the BBC, and more. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Foundation, Sundance Film Festival, Lambda Literary, and The Missouri Review. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she lives in California.
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