Maria James-Thiaw is an award winning poet, performer and professor. She is the author of three poetry collections: Windows to the Soul (Shippensburg University Press, 1999), Rising Waters (Shippensburg University Press, 2003) and her latest, Talking “White” (postDada Press, 2013.) In 2006, she produced an independent CD of spoken word and music entitled FREEverse. Her poetry and reviews have been published in a variety of literary journals including Black Magnolias, New Letters, Love Your Rebellion and One Trick Pony Review.
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. Since the mid-1990s, she’s been ‘blessing the mic’ at venues throughout the East Coast and in Auvillar, a village in the South of France where she studied poetry through the VCCA. That experience served as inspiration for many poems in Talking “White,” and she is returning there in 2015.
Maria James-Thiaw is committed to teaching excellence in both community and college settings. She has over 10 years experience as a full time professor of humanities and communications at Central Penn College, where she founded the creative writing club and edits an online student literary journal called The Central Pen. She holds a Master’s degree in Communications Studies from Shippensburg University (2003) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College (2009.)
If you seek a champion for diversity, an inspirational artist and a transformative workshop leader or student centered educator, book Maria James-Thiaw for your upcoming cultural event! For more information contact: email@example.com.