Tuesday, Oct 19; 7pm EST, ZOOM : Launch for Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities with Stephanie Andrea Allen, Lauren Cherelle, Krystal A. Smith, LaToya Hankins, Arisa White, Nicole Shawan Junior, Sheree L. Greer, and Jewelle Gomez. Register here:

Saturday, Oct 23; 7-8:30pm EST ZOOM: Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival. POETRY NIGHT with Stuart Kestenbaum, Arisa White, Maya Williams, and Tim Siebles. Register here:

Saturday, Oct 30; 1pm EST: Who’s Your Daddy: A Dramatic Reading Under the Stars; Maynard Jordan Planetarium, Orono, ME. Tickets $10,


Friday, Jan 15; 6-7:30 pm EST: Girls Write Now presents Friday Night Salon Series | Memory, Metaphor & Magic: Writing Poetic Memoir with Arisa White. Free. Register at

Sunday, Jan 31; 4:00-5:00 pm PST: Lone Glen Reading Series with Meredith Clark, Maw Shein Win, and Arisa White. Zoom link available at

Thursday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm EST: Randall’s Island Park Alliance Literary Club: Arisa White in Discussion with Elizabeth Howard about nature, Vespers Flights, and writing. Register at

Wednesday, March 3, 5:00-6:30 pm EST: Harvard Divinity School | Author Discussion: Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei. Register at

Thursday, March 4, 7:00-8:00 pm EST: Cave Canem | Poets on Craft: Black Queer Memoirs with Pamela Sneed & Arisa White, moderated by mace dent johnson. Register at

Friday, March 5, 7:00-8:00 pm EST: Print: A Bookstore | Arisa White discusses her new memoir, Who’s Your Daddy, co-hosted by Maine’s Writers & Publishers Alliance.Register at

Tuesday, March 9, 7:00-8:00 pm EST: Gibson’s Bookstore | Poet Arisa White reading with Dara Wier in celebration of Who’s Your Daddy. Register at

Thursday, March 11; 6:00 pm PST: The Booksmith San Francisco | Arisa White reading with former Bay Area Students Dan Atler, Michal “MJ” Jones, Hernan De La Cruz Ramos, and A.A. Vincent in celebration of Who’s Your Daddy. Register here:

Saturday, March 20; 3:00-6:00 pm EST. Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon celebrates the publication of Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought. Readings by JP Howard, Pamela Sneed, Doris Davenport, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Shariananda Adamz, Kai Davis, and Arisa White. Register at

Wednesday, March 31; 8:00-10:00 pm EST: The Poetry Project | Arisa White & Ross Gay in celebration of Who’s Your Daddy. Register at

Wednesday, April 21; 12:30-1:30 pm EST: Portland Public Library | Literary Lunch Series present Arisa White talks about Who’s Your Daddy with Adrian Blevins. Zoom link:

Thursday, April 29; 7:00-8:30 pm EST: Brooklyn Poets Reading Series featuring Arisa White, John Murillo, and Reginald Dwayne Betts, copresented with the Brooklyn Public Library. Register here:

Monday, May 3, 2021; 7:00-8:00 pm PST: Odd Mondays with Arisa White, MK Chavez, and Vickie Vertiz. Email for Zoom link.

Friday, May 14, 2021; 7:00 pm EST: Academy of American Poets: Arisa White & Nikky Finney. Academy of American Poets Chancellor and Wallace Stevens Award winner Nikky Finney joins Arisa White, author of the poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy (Augury Books, 2021). Free with registration. Register here:

WORKSHOP: Saturday, May 15, 2021; 10:00 am-1:00 pm PST: Hedgebrook VorTEXT Intensive: Stars & Scars: A Poetic Constellating of the Things that Broke Us; Sliding Scale. Register here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021; 1:00-2:30 pm EST: The Brooklyn Rail: Radical Poetry Reading curated by Arisa White, featuring Lauren K. Alleyne, Aricka Foreman, Joy Priest, and Imani Tolliver. Register here:

Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:30-8:00 pm EST: Who’s Your Daddy: Writing Collectively Through Personal Absence, Rockland Public Library, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council World in Your Library Speaker Series. For a link to the talk, email by 4 pm EST on May 20 and identify the event in the subject line.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021; 3:00-4:00 pm PST: North Lights: Drinks and Conversation with Arisa White & Daniel Handler. Details forthcoming

Thursday, June 10, 2021; 7:30 pm-8:10 pm EST: (Virtual) Writers & Books: Arisa White in Conversation with Airea D. Matthews. Register here:

Friday, August 13, 2021; 6-7:15pm PST [ZOOM]: Liberatory Libations Series: Breeshia Wade in Conversation with Arisa White and Fundraiser for Nomadic Press. Breeshia Wade will read from her book recently published by North Atlantic Books, Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow. This will be followed by a discussion with Arisa White and an audience Q&A. Zoom link can be found here: Donations to Nomadic Press can be made here:

August 19-23, 2021: The Next Galaxy Poetry Retreat with Arisa White & Bianca Stone. Limited to 20 students. Held in-person at the Blueberry Hill Inn in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Four days of rigorous, generative workshop programming, farm-to-table food, yoga, readings, and Q&As. Each day is scheduled to include ample time to write and enjoy the secluded Blueberry Hill Inn. Scholarships are available! Register here:

Wednesday, August 25, 2021; 6-7:30 PM EST: In the Shadow of a Pine: Black Poets from Maine Respond to David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History. Featured poets Samaa Adburraqib, Myronn Hardy, Arisa White, and Maya Williams. Hosted by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Maine Audubon. Gilsland Farm, Maine Audubon 20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME, 04105. For more information visit

Friday, Sept 17; 1-5pm EST: ONLINE WORKSHOP | Memory As Arc: A Poetic Archiving of Your Archives. An online writing retreat with Meredith Clark and Arisa White. In this creative writing retreat, participants will move along their arcs of memories and take notice of the themes and motifs that shape their histories. This engagement with your past, present, and future will help to unleash the fierce potential that comes from re-archiving your archives. Borrowing from strategies used in poetry, participants will craft evocative images and extended metaphors that identify unique patterns and introduce fresh energy to personal narratives. Sliding scale registration: $175/$150/$125. Access grants are available to cover $50. Register here:

Friday, Sept 17; 6:30-8:30pm EST: Deeshaw Philyaw in Conversation with Arisa White. In-person and live-streamed. Please join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance along with the Indigo Arts Alliance, Mechanics’ Hall, and USM’s Stonecoast MFA Program in welcoming award-winning fiction writer Deesha Philyaw to Portland for a reading and conversation. Philyaw will be joined by Arisa White, award-winning writer and assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College, and will also sign books after the event thanks to Longfellow Books. Mechanics Hall; 519 Congress Street Portland, ME. Register here:

Sunday, Sept 26; 3pm EST: Bio & Bookmarks with Arisa White, Bocas Literary Festival; Facebook Live:


Biddy Mason Speaks Up will now be included in the New York City Department of Education’s Universal Mosaic Curriculum.

6,175 copies of the book was purchased for NYC students! As a forever New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, this brings me so much joy.

BEGIN AGAIN: reckoning with intolerance in Maine at the Maine Historical Society

This current exhibition at the Maine Historical Society is on view until December 31, 2021, and it examines the roots of social justice topics and aims to stimulate civic engagement and foster dialogue among Mainers on race and equity through a physical exhibition and a virtual program series. As a part of this exhibition, I was commissioned to create a piece inspired by the 1825 Maine Constituion, which is called “Sovereign Ruler of the Universe.” BEGIN AGAIN can be seen in-person or viewed virtually at

Now a part of The Shipman Agency!

I am part of the amazing roster of speakers over at The Shipman Agency. They are now representing me for all speaking engagements. Check out my page at

Biddy Mason Speaks Up is the 2021 FOCAL Award Winner!

Each year a group of teachers, librarians, writers and others interested in children’s literature meets to determine the new FOCAL winner. The winning author is presented with the award — a unique puppet representing a character from their award-winning book which has been created for them by Carol Onofrio and is now being created by Jesse Kingsley. Check out the video of the award ceremony at

SPACE Gallery Presents 2021 Poetry Hotline

2021 Poetry Hotline

Starting Monday, April 19th, SPACE will connect the 2021 Poetry Hotline, a 24/7 call-in number featuring a new poem every week. Throughout the Spring, call 1-207-828-5607 to hear poems by Myles Bullen, CA Conrad, Stacey Tran, Myronn Hardy,  Éireann Lorsung, Shelley Wong, Alessandra Nysether-Santos, and Arisa White.

Schedule (hotline updated every Monday morning):
Myles Bullen: April 19
 | Myronn Hardy: April 26 | 
CA Conrad: May 3 | 
Stacey Tran: May 10
 | Éireann Lorsung: May 17
 | Shelley Wong: May 24
 | Alessandra Nysether-Santos: May 31  | 
Arisa White: June 7

Writers Recommend | Poets & Writers

“When I hit that point where a wall is met with my writing, the sensation is gone and the train is gone, and my immediate environs lose their contemplative harmony. My focus is broken, so I find some pleasure. . . .” Read the full article here.

Poets & Writers: Page One

The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, and Who’s Your Daddy is included. Take a read and listen here.

Rumpus Exclusive: Cover Reveal for Who’s Your Daddy

Who’s Your Daddy is a lyrical genre-bending coming-of-age tale featuring a young, queer, Black Guyanese American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates an estranged relationship with her father. In this exclusive, I share how I came about selecting the cover art, The Drinking Gourd, by Sydney Cain, aka sage stargate. Read the entire piece here.

HODINKEE: The Year That Warped Time

I was interviewed with seven others–scientists, restauranteurs, an astrologist– about how time felt in 2020. Read the entire piece here.

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