Writer & Educator
Maurisa Li-A-Ping is a writer and educator raised by a single Caribbean mother in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in New York City, the art scene gave Maurisa a platform to write herself and other blaxk queer womxn into existence. She uses poetry to create counter-narratives that skillfully present blaxk queer womxn’s multifaceted joy, love, laughter, and sorrow. Her Blaxk Feminist writing praxis is not only the subject of her work but also the method.
As an Educator, she uses poetry to highlight blaxk queer womxn narratives as a philosophy for empowerment and resilience. She honors poetry as a culturally relevant tool for community building, identity development, conflict management, activism, and more. In her work with students, her asset-based and Blaxk Feminist approach creates spaces that position them as the intellectuals of their lives, allow them to self-define themselves, highlight their common challenges and honor their diverse identities. She has earned a M.S.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs and is a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Randolph College.