Using Blaxk Queer Womxn narratives as a philosophy for empowerment and resilience
Maurisa Li-A-Ping is a writer and educator raised by a Caribbean womxn 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 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.
Maurisa's dedication to the intersection of poetry in higher education student affairs can be seen through her publications in Puerto del Sol, Up the Staircase Quarterly, WusGood Mag, Lunch Ticket, Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader, Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism, About Campus, A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges of Liberation and Living and more.
Her commitment to her craft as scholarship has allowed her to touch stages at the World-Famous Apollo Theater, The United Nations, Barclays Center, a host of college campuses, conferences and various other venues. Along with being an award winning poet, Maurisa is also Poetry Pushcart Prize-nominee and Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Alumni Microgrant recipient. She has earned a M.S.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs and is a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Randolph College.