Arisa White

Arisa White

Adjunct Professor


Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and the author of Who’s Your Daddy and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the second book in the Fighting for Justice series for young readers. Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a California Book Award, her poetry has won the Augury Book Prize, the Per Diem Poetry Prize, the Nautilus Book Award, and the Maine Literary Award. Professor White is the recipient of fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Presses. Professor White attended UMASS, Amherst and focuses her work on poetry, the hybrid memoir, middle-grade verse, short-form playwriting, and choreopoem. More information can be found at


  • MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst