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.

The Difficult Reality I’m Reckoning with and The Realest Questions I’m Asking Myself, Now That Sh!t is Really Going Down

We say Black people, other people of color, and other oppressed groups fight and win. I’ve realized that’s not exactly true, and we need to reckon with a dismal reality.

Dance Feminism

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

The Role of the [Unknown] Artist

Ntozake Shange defined the role of the artist, but what if you are an artist no one knows?

Cause of [Erica’s] Death

My last post of 2017 is a poem. Lines for a poem about “weather” had been drifting in and out of my head for a couple of weeks, but the pen wouldn’t move until I heard about Erica Garner’s heart attack. Timely posts are rare for me, and poetry that reacts to news even more so. This feels necessary to share now, so I’m sharing it with you.

For the Fairytale

Why I’m a hypocrite for calling Christian remixes to “For the P” and “For the D” challenges a fairytale

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