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María Luisa Arroyo, MFA

Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies

MFA, Creative Writing, Pine Manor College
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, María 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 and Tufts; and traveling to 12 countries, including Iran for a summer where she activated her self-taught Farsi.
María’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, María has taught English composition, creative writing, and German at the college level. For over 15 years now, María continues to facilitate numerous workshops on ekphrastic poetry, multicultural poetry, creative writing, and the ghazal as a poetic form. Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women and WomenArts Quarterly Review are among the many journals, in which her poems appear. Her book publications include her poetry collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras, and a multicultural, intergenerational anthology, Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis, which she co-edited with acclaimed Nuyorican poet and playwright, Magdalena Gómez.