Maya Williams and Pádraig Ó Tuama:
Poetry as an Art of Survival

This Thursday, July 22, 2021 
4:00-5:30 pm (Eastern)

Join us for Poetry as an Art of Survival — the second of three events in our 2021 Summer Arts Series! This Thursday, via Zoom, we will be hosting live presentations by poets Maya Williams and Pádraig Ó Tuama, followed by conversation between them and Peterson Toscano. Be part of a rich conversation about identity, spirituality, poetry, and overcoming. Register Today. It won't be the same without you! 

$12 registration fee. In the hopes of making these programs accessible to all, unlimited scholarships are available, please contact

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View this video for a preview of Maya and Pádraig in action, reciting their poetry:
Maya Williams

Maya Williams (she/hers, they/them, and ey/em) is a religious queer Black Mixed Race suicide survivor constantly writing poems. She graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work and a B.A. in English in May 2017. She graduated with a community practice-focused Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Applied Arts and Social Justice at the University of New England in May 2018. She is currently in Randolph College's low residency Masters in Fine Arts for Creative Writing focusing on Poetry. She has competed locally and nationally in slam since her freshman year at East Carolina University under the slam team Word of Mouth in Greenville, North Carolina. While with them, she has placed in the top 20 at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in 2015, and opened for folks such as Indira Allegra, Neil Hilborn, and Angela Davis. Maya lives in Portland, Maine, where she was recently named as the city's poet laureate.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama's work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis. Pádraig presents Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios a podcast that takes a deep dive into a single poem. With 4 million downloads of its first three seasons, Poetry Unbound from On Being is a powerful example of the appetite for poetry in dispersed and diverse populations.

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