On this episode, Diannely breaks bread with 7th Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine: Maya Williams. They talk about oat bread, suicide prevention awareness, and Raych Jackson.
Bio: Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a religious Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Ey has published poems in venues such as The Portland Press Herald, The Cortland Review, FreezeRay, Indianapolis Review, glitterMOB, and more. Their first poetry collection Judas & Suicide will be released via Game Over Books May 30th 2023; their second poetry collection Refused a Second Date will be released via Harbor Editions October 5th, 2023. Maya was one of three artists of color selected to represent Maine in The Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series in 2020, and was listed as one of The Advocate’s Champions of Pride in 2022. Follow more of her work, and invite her to read or facilitate a workshop, at mayawilliamspoet.com.
Poems discussed: “Jonah Was Trapped Before He Met the Fish” by Raych Jackson and “Jonah, Suicide, & GOD Doesn’t Give You ANY More Than YOU CAN HANDLE” by Maya Williams