María Luisa Arroyo


Springfield, MA 01104

Author's Bio

| multilingual poet, educator, and literary arts event coordinator |

author of Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (Bilingual Review/Press, 2008), Flight (2016), and Destierro Means More than Exile (2018)

co-editor with Magdalena Gomez of Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012)

Curator & host of Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight, Mason Square Library Community Room, Springfield, MA.

Spring 2019 dates: Saturdays, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM: Feb 16, March 16, April 20, May 19, June 15, 2019

Fall 2019 dates. Saturdays, 12:30 PM-2 PM: Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, 2019

Examples of recent workshops: 

"Ekphrasis: Poetry Inspired by Art", Annual Art Exhibit, Monson Arts Council (MAC), Monson, MA, April 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

workshops on the American ghazal: Straw Dog Writers Guild, Florence, MA, June 2019 | Riverwood Poetry Series, West Hartford, CT, 2017 | Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA, 2016.

workshops on multicultural, multilingual poetry:  2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ | 7th Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA, 2015 | Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, DC, 2014

Publications & Prizes

Gathering Words / Recogiendo Palabras (Bilingual Review Press, 2008)
Americas Review
Bilingual Review
Blood & Fire Review
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Centro Journal
Clark Street Review
Latino Stuff Review
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Women's Review of Books
Prizes won: 

* 2019 Inaugural Fellow at the Desert Nights, Rising Starts Conference, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ * 2016 New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award Recipient * 2014-2016 Inaugural Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA * 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow -

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Puerto Rican
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Fluent in: 
English, German, Spanish
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Raised in: 
Springfield, MA
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Last update: Jun 18, 2019