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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 María Luisa Arroyo

María Luisa Arroyo

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019

About María Luisa Arroyo

María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. She earned her MFA in poetry from the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. In recognition of her community-based poetry workshops & readings, Arroyo received many awards including Poet Laureate (2014-2016) of Springfield (MA) & 2016 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award. Her publications include Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (2008) & the chapbook, Destierro Means More than Exile (2018). She is Assistant Professor of Writing & First-Year Studies at Bay Path University.

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Resist the Erasure of Our [Im]Migrant Roots
María Luisa Arroyo

Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Generative Workshop
Genre: Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Regional Literature, Translation, World Literature

Every single poet has complex roots – whether his/her/their family has lived in the States for generations or arrived here recently. This session provides poets the space and freedom to generate material that examines their cultural and linguistic identities in a safe environment. This workshop gives us permission to write about our roots, to learn more about how to use code-switching, and to become mindful of the musical friction and affinities between our English accents and Standard American English.