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Maya Williams (ey/em, they/them, she/her) is a religious Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently an Ashley Bryan Fellow, the seventh Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, and an ECU Alumni.

​Maya's content covers suicide awareness, mental health, the prison industrial complex, faith, entertainment media, grief, interpersonal relationships, and healing.

​They have been featured as a guest artist, panelist, and speaker in spaces such as The Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles, California, The Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois, Black Table Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, TEDxYouth at Cape Elizabeth High School, and The Kennedy Center's Arts Across America series.

Ey has competed locally and nationally in slam poetry since her freshman year at East Carolina University under the slam team Word of Mouth in Greenville, North Carolina. While with them, ey 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 will be reading from eir new poetry collection "Refused a Second Date" and will be facilitating a workshop.

For more information on Maya, please visit: https://www.mayawilliamspoet.com/

This event is sponsored by the Women and Gender Office, the Department of English, and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

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