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Maisha Z. Johnson

Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer and digital content strategist who writes and works where the arts meet social change. As a queer Black survivor of Trinidadian descent, she dedicates her work to amplifying marginalized voices with healing, humor, and radical truth-telling. She’s the author of a poetry book, No Parachutes to Carry Me Home, as well as Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care. Maisha currently writes for Upworthy, and her work has been featured on and cited by the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, BBC, Teen Vogue, and more. She studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, and went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and won competitions including Literary Death Match, The Lit Slam, and Portuguese Artists Colony. You can find her going accidentally viral around the web and desperately trying to make her adorable dog go viral instead.