Maria Luisa Arroyo
Biography of Maria Luisa Arroyo
A Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry educated at Colby, Tufts, and Harvard, María Luisa Arroyo has published individual poems in many journals, including CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, PALABRA: A Journal of Chicano and Latino Literary Art, and The Women's Review of Books. María Luisa, whose first collection of poems, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras, was published in 2008 (The Bilingual Review Press, Arizona State University) , enjoys facilitating poetry workshops; her latest ones include 'The Power of Code-Switching: Poems Don't Have to Be 'English Only'' at the National Split This Rock Poetry Festival in DC and 'Ekphrasis: Writing Poems in Response to Local Art' in Monson, MA. María Luisa also enjoys performing her work nationally, including in Puerto Rico and in the Palabra Pura Series hosted by The Guild Complex in Chicago. With acclaimed playwright and poet, Magdalena Gómez, María Luisa co-edited the recently published multicultural, intergenerational anthology, Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing,2012) .
Maria Luisa Arroyo's Works:
Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (Bilingual Press (ASU: 2008)
Co-edited with Magdalena Gómez. Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing,2012)
Maria Luisa Arroyo Poems
Don'T Call Me Ghetto
Don't call me ghetto just because I choose to wear gold earrings with my name, clothes that hug me here and there,
barreras Mami called us away from the roach trap line where novice factory workers, fresh from the island,
Mami called us away from the roach trap line
where novice factory workers, fresh from the island,
and I, fresh from a semester in Germany,
poked protruding yellow chunks of roach bait
back into traps with long stem Q-tips
we dunked in alcohol.