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Maurisa Thompson

Maurisa Thompson was born and raised in San Francisco, and is a proud alum of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. A poet and educator, she is a graduate of UC Riverside’s MFA program and is currently teaching English at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco. Her poetry has appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, The Black Scholar, La Bloga, Cosmonauts Avenue, The City is Already Speaking, the anthologies A Feather Floating on the Water: Poems for Our Children and Poesia En Vuelo, and The Haight-Ashbury Journal, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She has collaborated with arts organizations including Richmond's RAW Talent and the Gluck Fellowship program at UC Riverside. Works in progress include her first poetry manuscript that combines history and folklore with her grandparents’ stories from Louisiana and San Francisco, and a middle-grade novel exploring police brutality, which won the support of a Walter Grant from We Need Diverse Books.

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