“Loves music. Loves


Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit.

Loves love

and food and


Loves struggle.

Loves the Folk.

Loves herself.


–Alice Walker’s definition of Womanist, 1983

And loves when it all comes together.


I’m Mariam I. Williams. I write to find answers, dance to find joy, and teach to build and grow in community.


I am

a Black, Christian woman born and raised in Kentucky by radical, creative, black and feminist parents and a churchgoing extended family

who studies

Black folk throughout the African diaspora, women’s and gender studies, religion, dance, and the craft of creative writing

and who creates

memoir, essays, and poetry; choreography; and workshops, courses, and programs that center, celebrate, and affirm Black women. In the process, my work reveals black humanity, gives dimensionality to Black womanhood, and provides new ways of thinking, healing, and being for all people.




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,  Courier-Journal, Longreads, Apiary, etc.

Teaching artist with: The ArtWell, Rutgers Early College Humanities (REaCH) Program, Art Sanctuary, Mighty Writers, Nick Virgilio Writers House and Haiku Association

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

Seeking Representation

Mariam I. Williams

Writer. Dancer. Educator.

My work is to reaffirm our resilience.

© 2020 by Mariam  I. Williams