Extremely Online for Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Maya Williams

In accordance with public health concerns, the Boston Poetry Slam has canceled all local events. Instead, we offer the Extremely Online open mic and feature series, continuing weekly on Wednesdays throughout May 2020.

This Extremely Online show takes place via the free online meeting platform Zoom. A link to signups for the open mic will open at 7:15, and the Zoom link will be posted at 7:40. Open mic begins at 8:00 with the feature to follow around 9:15. To gain access to the show, please use the links posted in the Facebook event link (forthcoming) on the night of the show.

Portland poet and essayist Maya Williams. Photo by Gary Stallsworth.

Portland poet and essayist Maya Williams. Photo by Gary Stallsworth.

Maya Williams (she/they) is a Black and Mixed Race suicide survivor residing in Portland, Maine always writing and asking to give you a hug. Maya has published poems in glitterMOB, The Portland Press Herald, Black Table Arts, Occulum, and more. She has also published essays in Rooted in Rights, Black Youth Project, The Tempest, and more. They are a Best of the Net Nominee and a winner of PortFringe’s Patron’s Choice Award for their spoken word showcase “When Speaking to An Extraterrestrial” in 2019. You can find Maya hosting open mics at Bull Feeney’s Tuesday nights in Portland’s Old Port and facilitating writing workshops Sunday mornings at Quill Books & Beverage in Westbrook. You can visit Maya on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or at their personal website.

Cover charge is Pay What You Can, with a suggested donation of $3 via CashApp to $BostonPoetrySlam. Listeners are reminded that poetry may contain some strong language, adult themes, and unfiltered ideas; we ask our open mic participants to provide trigger warnings when appropriate, and to remember to be kind and respectful of a diverse listening experience. This series was founded by Lip Manegio is co-curated by Myles Taylor.