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María Luisa Arroyo, MFA

Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies

MFA, Creative Writing, Pine Manor College; ABD, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Harvard University; MA, German, Tufts University

María Luisa Arroyo teaches writing and in the Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners (WELL) program at Bay Path University. Born in Manatí, Puerto Rico and raised in Springfield, MA, Professor Arroyo motivates herself and her students to harness the power of writing with a purpose and of self-expression. Her educational journey as a first-generation college student has included studying German, her third language, at Colby, Tufts and Harvard; and traveling to 12 countries, including Iran for a summer where she activated her self-taught Farsi.

Professor Arroyo’s passions for learning and writing translate into an engaged, interdisciplinary approach to teaching writing. A Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellow and New England Public Radio (NEPR) Arts & Humanities Award recipient, Prof. Arroyo has taught English composition, creative writing, German and Spanish at the college level. For over 15 years now, Prof. Arroyo continues to facilitate numerous workshops on ekphrastic poetry, multicultural poetry and the ghazal as a poetic form. Her book publications include her full-length poetry collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (2008), her chapbooks Flight (2016) and Destierro Means More than Exile (2018); Just Imagine in Springfield: A Poetry Handbook for Middle School Students (2018) and a multicultural, intergenerational anthology, Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis (2012), which she co-edited with acclaimed Nuyorican poet and playwright, Magdalena Gómez.