Maurisa Li-A-Ping is a Writer from Brooklyn, New York. She honors Black Queer narratives as a philosophy for empowerment and resilience. Maurisa creates poems that preserve her interiority and investigate liberatory ways of living in the body. She uses poetry as a culturally relevant tool for self-awareness, community building, identity development, and more. Maurisa creates spaces that position participants as the authors of their lives, allow them to define themselves, highlight their common challenges and honor their diverse differences.
Maurisa's work can be found in Puerto del Sol, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader, About Campus, the Blood Orange Review, and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and elsewhere.
Maurisa is a Pushcart Prize-nominee, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Alumni Microgrant recipient, Furious Flower Poetry Prize finalist, Blood Orange Review Contest Winner, along with many other accolades. She has earned a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Randolph College as a Nancy Craig Blackburn ’71 Fellow.