MFA in Writing Reading Series

7:45PM - 9:30PM
Fromm Hall 125 - Maraschi Room










Arisa White is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College. She is the author of the recent collections Who’s Your Daddy and You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, co-editor of Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart, and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the second book in the Fighting for Justice Series for young readers. Her poetry is widely published and her collections have been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Lambda Literary Award, and have won the Per Diem Poetry Prize, Maine Literary Award, Nautilus Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, and Golden Crown Literary Award.  As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates poetic collaborations that are rooted in Black queer women’s ways of knowing. She is a Cave Canem fellow and serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press, as well as the Community Advisory Board for Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. 















Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes and The Identity Thief, and a chapbook, The Ego and the Empiricist, from Two Sylvias Press. Individual poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely: the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the Kenyon ReviewBlackbird, Free InquiryPleiadesVerse DailyAt Length, and the New England Review. He and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Award for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin (White Pine Press). The recipient of fellowships and awards from Willipa Bay AiR, the University of Louisville, the Missouri Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, he is currently an Associate Professor of English at Wabash College. He writes for Zócalo Public Square.