“Happy Birthday, Akilah” bundle (4/16 – 4/18)

To celebrate Akilah Oliver’s 60th birthday, for the weekend of April 18th, we’re offering Akilah Oliver’s chapbook The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna* 2006) and AKILAH, a compilation CD of audio performances produced in 2011 by Belladonna* and Fast Speaking Music for Cave Canem, for a special combined price of $10.

We’ll be donating 50% of the proceeds from these sales to Community Health Advocates, which helps New Yorkers navigate complex health care systems by providing individual assistance and educational presentations to underserved communities throughout New York State. Universal healthcare was a cause of great importance to Akilah, and we hope to honor her advocacy in this way. The remaining 50% of the funds will be earmarked for future reprints of The Putterer’s Notebook.

Every purchase will also automatically register you for the marathon reading of Akilah’s the she said dialogues, recently republished by Nightboat Books, taking place on Zoom on this Sunday, April 18th at 3PM EST. We’ll be responding to sales receipts with the Zoom link throughout the weekend, but if you have any questions please write to us at

Happy birthday, Akilah!