Kwoya Fagin Maples is a writer from Charleston, S.C. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. She is also a graduate Cave Canem Fellow and a Homeschool Lambda Literary Fellow. In addition to a chapbook publication by Finishing Line Press entitled Something of Yours (2010) her work is published in several journals and anthologies including, Blackbird, Obsidian, The African-American Review, PLUCK!, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review and Cave Canem Anthology XIII. Her first full collection of poetry, Mend, is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky. Mend tells the story of the birth of gynecology in America and the role black women played in that process. This work received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and was finalist for AWP’s Donald Hall Prize.
Maples teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and organizes a three-dimensional poetry exhibit which features poetry and visual art including original paintings, photography, installations and film.
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Healing Measures: Poetry as a technology for creating resilience