Mariam I. Williams



Public Historian.


“Powerful” is one translation of my first name.

My middle name means “love.”

I put my name in my writing (and everything else I do).

Featured Posts

My favorites from Redbone Afropuff & Black G.R.I.T.S., plus new work

12 (or so) Questions I have After Talking to a Black Man About #SurvivingRKelly

I have several questions for a man I know, and men like him, who have watched video of R. Kelly raping black girls and still want successful black men to escape prosecution.

Dance Feminism

How a dance that came about because of kidnapping and rape teaches sexual freedom

Radical Self-Love: Writing Intimate Spaces in the Age of Tyranny

After the 2016 presidential election, I wondered if writing about God and sex was still important. I realized my work is about self-love, and self-love in a world that hates you is one of the most subversive things you can commit to.

The Night My Body Said No

Betsy DeVos’s Title IX rollback reminded me of the time I couldn’t verbalize consent–and my partner knew to stop.

Daring to Conceive of Women’s Agency as Biblical Truth

Seeing women’s agency as biblical truth requires rethinking the messages we’ve received about women in the Bible.

Why the Time for Pleasure is Now

An unexpected feeling came over me at the end of a day of Charlottesville news: horniness. I felt bad about that, but the time for pleasure is now.

Arts & Humanities Educator

I help students in K-12 increase literacy and find healthy self-expression through poetry.
I teach professionals working outside of creative fields how to enhance their problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills through poetry, drama, and storytelling.
I teach history through drama and playwriting workshops for children and adults, and I help people of all ages translate research into narrative.

What’s a public historian?

Public history is history that is seen, heard, read, and interpreted by audiences outside the academy. It’s also history that belongs to the public. Public historians have an interest and commitment to making history relevant and useful in the public sphere. We’re the archivists, consultants, museum professionals, cultural program directors, curators, oral historians, documentarians, and numerous other people who put history to work in the world. I do public history through programming, scripts for productions like the one on the right, and through projects like these.

Writer. Dancer. Public Historian.


All with Power. All with Love.

Mariam I. Williams

Writer. Educator. Public Historian.

All with power. All with love.

© 2018 by Mariam  I. Williams