O The Unstoppable: Oni Woods describes herself as a “multipotentialite”: having multiple passions and being multitalented. Because of her love of learning, she has successfully studied and worked in many disciplines: finance, theatre, psychology, biology, education, advertising, and philosophy, to name some. She founded Living Art, NFP in 2005 (a performing arts & education non-profit working to inspire and uplift underserved communities). Poetry is Oni’s first voice and love, and her wordsmithing is woven into her very fabric. She is also an acclaimed voice-over artist and performer. After 16 years in Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, is home again. And, in true Tennessee style, she’s an outdoor enthusiast. As an ordained interfaith reverend, she’s practiced and studied many world religions and philosophies. Nashville Arts Magazine’s June 2016 issue features Oni and she recently released her latest book Illinois 19: poems on the way home.
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