Maria James-Thiaw

Maria James-Thiaw

Poet, Performer, Educator

Maria James-Thiaw is an award-winning poet, performer, and playwright.  She is the author of three poetry collections and her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Black Lives Have Always Mattered, Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, and Essential Voices: A Covid19 Anthology. Poems from her play, Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project, won the Art of Protest Award from Penn State University’s Center for American Literary Studies in 2018.

Maria James-Thiaw is the founder of Reclaim Artist Collective, an organization that brings her American Griot Project programming to marginalized communities.

Maria’s Upcoming Book of Poetry

Coming in September 2022

A health care system built on bias and inequity, a system of policing that snatches our sons & daughters from our arms, and a pandemic painting a target on our backs – this is 2020 through the eyes of a black woman with chronic illness.

If you’ve ever been dismissed, ignored, suspected, or accused by a healthcare provider, you will relate to these verses.