Olivia Neal is a writer and artist from Greensboro, NC. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with a BA in English and Women’s and Gender Studies. While in school, she interned with Women AdvaNCe and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, writing articles for their websites. Upon graduating, she received the Robert Ruark Award for Creative Nonfiction for an essay about the American South. She also received the Bolch Award, a grant to continue her writing in the summer of 2019. She completed a work of nonfiction about historical feminist writers from Chapel Hill. After graduating, she spent three years as a grant writer for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. She currently works as a Communications Strategist for the ACLU of North Carolina. Her passion has always been using different modes of storytelling to advance social change.
In addition to working in nonprofit communications, she writes creatively, and has published a book of poetry. She is currently working on a novel set in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Olivia lives in Durham with her two cats. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and has a passion for media with queer and trans characters. In her free time she enjoys visiting her family in Greensboro, rescuing stray cats, and seeing her friends play live music.