Maisha Z Johnson

maisha_bio-PicMaisha Z. Johnson is a Bay Area writer of Trinidadian descent and founder of Inkblot Arts, a project to amplify voices through writing, editing, and facilitation. She has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University and a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Maisha works and writes for publications including Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, and Pyragraph. She is also a facilitator with Fired Up!, a program of California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and a former member of the staff collective at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), helping prevent and respond to violence within and against LGBTQ communities.

Maisha is the author of Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care (Inkblot Arts 2014). She’s also written a full-length collection of poetry, No Parachutes to Carry Me Home (Punk Hostage Press 2015) and three poetry chapbooks, Uprooted (Gorilla Press 2014), Queer As In (Inkblot Arts 2014), and Split Ears (Aggregate Space 2013).

Maisha’s work appears in print and across the web. Her fiction has been published in Transfer and awarded the Leo Litwak Award for Fiction, and her poetry has been nominated twice for a Puschart Prize. She’s won competitions including Literary Death Match, The Lit Slam, and Portuguese Artist Colony’s live writing event. Her poetry publications include Eleven Eleven, Blackberry: A Magazine, Sparkle & Blink and aaduna, and she has been a featured reader at literary events, social justice rallies and other happenings throughout the Bay Area. (Bio taken from Maisha’s website)

MZJmock1In a short collection of poems Uprooted tears at the fabric of what ‘we have come to understand’ or what we have become complacent with, the battle of everyday life. Maisha gathers her written work here as an idea that human constructs are just that constructed, and in such a way they can be deconstructed, even with something as simple as trying to get out of a speeding ticket.                                                    BUY NOW


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