Self-Love & Neocolonialism: A Poetry Workshop for Writers of Color

I am giving a poetry workshop for writers of color at Hugo House on Sunday, March, 26th. As part of my ARTIST UP Grant LAB, this workshop will be free. You can register through Hugo House here or hit me up with any questions. There will also be a waiting list if the workshop should fill. Artists UpArtist Trust4CultureOffice of Arts & Culture Seattle. Big ups to Hugo House for hosting.

This all-level poetry workshop will look at the importance of self-love during neocolonialism. We will read from a wide range of contemporary poets of color, including Safia Elhillo, Michael Wasson, Ocean Vuong and Xandria Phillips, among others. We will look at bilingual text and innovative forms as acts of decolonization. We will write in free verse, generate new work and discuss redrafting techniques. 

Come write with me. 

Winter Tangerine Issue 2

Nehanda Abiodun once said, in response to how we could raise a good fight, that if you're an artist make art, if you're a writer then write & if you're a poet then poem. Honored to create space for some incredible artists to do just that in Winter Tangerine 2: Alfredo Aguilar, John Manuel Abreu-Arias, Jade Matias Bell, Francesca Ekwuyasi, William Evans, Roy Guzmán, Adam Hamze, Omotara James, Mary Lambert, Tsoku Maela, Nkosi Nkululeko, Kip Omolade, Mónica Teresa Ortiz, Joy Priest, Paige Quiñones, Meirav Sher, Malcolm H. Tariq, & Vickie Vertiz. It has been a blessing to work alongside editors Xandria Phillips, Jake Stone, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Jennifer Huang & Yasmin Belkhyr to bring this gorgeous, important, lit issue into the world. (Ups to poetry readers: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, Anuradha Bhowmik, Brad Trumpfheller, Alexis Smithers, Lexi Covalsen Lilian Ha & Elena Senechal-Becker.) Read the full issue here. 

ARTISTS UP Grant LAB Awardee

It is a true honor to be named an awardee for a Grant LAB by ARTISTS UP (provided by Artist Trust, 4Culture & Seattle Arts & Culture). This grant is in support of my poetry manuscript in progress "Ochun's Daughter." Two poems from my manuscript are recently out in Apogee Journal. As part of the grant, I will be offering a poetry workshop to the public. Contact me here for more info on that. Xo Maria 

New Poems on Apogee Journal

My poems "Dear Ochún" and "Ode to the River" are out in Apogee Journal's Folio: #NoDAPL #StillHere: Native and Anti-Colonial Craft Against Dispossession. It's an honor to be published alongside George Abraham, Michael Wasson, Bani Amor, Hazem Fahmy and many more. Thankful to Sarah Clark, Victoria Cho, Joey De Jesus for their work in putting this important folio together.  (Photos by Jessica Christy