I am honored to present María Luisa Arroyo–a performance poet, educator, workshop facilitator, college and career coach, translator (German, Spanish, English), Teatro V!da artistic associate, and mother. Her poem, “I grew up in the North End, an island,” captures the spirit of the North End in a way that the more analytic work that The Springfield Institute and others have done does not. Below, María Luisa reads her work in English and Spanish. Click here to download a written version of the poem, but having only had that until today, I can tell you that the performed version is the real deal.
Starting next week, María Luisa will be contributing regularly to this blog. Look for more written, visual, and audio material under her byline soon.
María Luisa is also a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant winner in poetry. Her education includes Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) and Harvard (ABD). Currently, María Luisa enjoys teaching adult learners. Her first volume of Spanish/English/Spanglish poems, Gathering Words/Recogiendo Palabras, was published by The Bilingual Press (Arizona State University) in 2008. María Luisa is currently working on a second collection of poems entitled “Touching and Naming the Roots of This Tree.” Her recent performances include the 2009 Annual Florence Poets Society Poetry Festival, and a reading at Mount Holyoke College.