“Loves music. Loves

dance. 

Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit.

Loves love

and food and

roundness. 

Loves struggle.

Loves the Folk.

Loves herself.

Regardless.”

–Alice Walker’s definition of Womanist, 1983

And loves when it all comes together.

I’ve studied creative writing, public history, Pan African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, theatre, screenwriting, playwriting, dance, psychology, visual art, and art history in the academy. I carry all of that knowledge, plus my lived experience as a Black, Christian woman from Kentucky, into all of my work.

I write essays, poetry, and scripts. Usually, I write about the intersections of race, religion, and gender in my life or in society, but I see those topics as existing within a larger historical context, and I try to weave that perspective into my writing, even when it’s personal. I believe the political is personal, and that history and culture affect us in intimate ways. I’m currently working on a memoir and essay collection that explores these connections. Eventually, I’ll also publish a poetry chapbook that gives voice and agency to female biblical characters who I argue have been misrepresented and misunderstood in our favorite Bible stories. I’ve won playwriting awards in the past, and I may return to the genre in the future.

As an educator, I teach and facilitate workshops and interpretive events in creative writing, drama, storytelling, and public history for K-12 students and adults in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. I also adapt these workshops and sessions for professionals working outside of creative fields.

I believe that a society’s ability to reckon with history is directly correlated with its ability to achieve social justice and equity. Therefore, I see public history, or history that is interpreted and consumed outside the academy, as a critical component of social justice. I enjoy working on projects whose curators and developers understand and value this relationship. My studies in public history have focused on the intersection of art (sometimes public, sometimes more institutionalized) and public history. I’ve contributed to projects that reflect this relationship, such as podcasts, documentaries, and city-wide discussions about monuments.

 

CREDENTIALS

VONA

Disquiet

MFA, Rutgers University-Camden

Public History Certificate, Rutgers University-Camden

Screenwriting Certificate, UCLA

Published In: Ninth Letter, The Common, Salon, EBONY, Bozalta, The Feminist Wire, National Catholic Reporter, The Courier-Journal

Teaching artist with: The ArtWell, Rutgers Early College Humanities (REaCH) Program

Awarded by: Society of Professional Journalists – Louisville Chapter, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Kentucky Arts Council, University of Louisville Juneteenth Playwriting Festival, Rutgers University 

Seeking Representation

Mariam I. Williams

Writer. Educator. Public Historian.

All with power. All with love.

© 2017 by Mariam  I. Williams

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