“Talking White oozes with soul … from the way Maria James-Thiaw recalls the insults of youth that permanently wound us, to her musing amorously over the affections of her chocolate toned lover. Her words create melodic imagery of historical roots, and Afrocentric pride. Filled with spirit, vulnerable femininity, sisterhood empowerment, “Talking White” resonates with those who have ever felt beautiful, fearful, sassy, angry, powerful, dissatisfied, misunderstood, enamored, proud. If you have a palate for romance, or need a voice to spark a ferocious battle cry for activism … If you’ve ever felt … anything at all … this is a must read.” ~ Amazon customer review
is an award winning poet, performer and professor. Through innovative workshops and residencies, she can bring the art of writing to life for your students.
Her publications include poetry and reviews in several literary journals such as New Letters, Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, One Trick Pony Review, and Black Magnolias as well as a spoken word CD, FREEverse, and the following collections:
- Windows to the Soul (Shippensburg University Press, 1999)
- Rising Waters (Shippensburg University Press, 2003)
- Talking “White” (postDada Press, 2013)
- Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project (forthcoming)
As a performance poet, Maria gracefully bridges the gap between stage and page by delivering her well-crafted lyric poetry with the dramatic power of a seasoned spoken word artist. https://platform.linkedin.com/badges/js/profile.js
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