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Published on Oct 1, 2013
Maisha Z. Johnson is a San Francisco-based writer of Trinidadian descent. She studied Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry from Pacific University. She is a member of the staff collective at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), helping prevent and respond to violence within and against LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities through arts and healing support groups and community organizing. Maisha's fiction has been published in Transfer magazine, awarded the Leo Litwak Award for Fiction, and won Portuguese Artist Colony's live writing competition. Her poetry publications include Fierce Hunger, Blackberry: A Magazine, Sparkle & Blink and Matrices:Origins, and she has been a featured reader at literary events, social justice rallies and other happenings throughout the Bay Area. Her work has also appeared in newsletters for social justice organizations such as CUAV and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER).