Olivia Neal is a writer, artist, and storyteller based in Durham, North Carolina. Her passion has always been using language and narrative-building to advance social change, and she has found a multitude of ways to move towards that goal personally and professionally. She has published work across genres, including fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and multi-media projects (see Publications). Her debut novel is currently in development and the publication date should be announced soon. Her zine series CRUSH is frequently available at zine festivals across North Carolina and occasionally on Etsy. She edits submissions for the literary journal Knee Brace Press, focusing on disability and chronic illness.
She also works as a communications specialist for social justice nonprofits. She is currently at the ACLU of North Carolina and has previously worked for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. Upon request, she provides content development, public speaking and workshop instruction services for area nonprofits. Instruction typically centers on LGBTQ+ issues, reproductive rights, and the relationship between art and activism. She was also recently added to the Board of Directors for Girls Rock NC.
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, caring for stray cats, and seeing her friends play live music.