Maria Luisa Arroyo

Massachusetts, United States

2015 Highilghts:

-organizer & host of "7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight". An event to celebrate local & regional literary artists as they share 7 minutes of their work. Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St., Springfield, MA. Last Sat. of the month (except May 23), Jan.-June 2015,  1 pm - 3 pm.

-workshop facilitator, "Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry in Response to Art", Mason Square Branch, 765 State St., Springfield, MA. April 4, 2015.

-workshop facilitator, "Objects of Meaning: 4 Steps To Engage Creatively ALL College Students as Writers". Teaching, Learning, and Student Development (TLSD) Conference at Bristol Community College. ". Fall River Campus, MA. April 10, 2015.

-workshop facilitator, "The ABCs of Publishing Poetry", Community Room, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St., Springfield, MA. April 12, 2015.

-workshop facilitator, "Ekphrastic Poetry" workshop, Monson Arts Council Annual Art Exhibit, Monson House of Art, 200 Main St., Monson, MA. April 15, 2015

-workshop facilitator, "Naming Your Roots: Seeds for Multi-Lingual Multicultural Narrative Poems", 7th Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA, May 1-3, 2015.


Individual poems are published and/or will be published in The Mas Tequila Review, WomanArtsQuarterly, Contemporary American Voices (online), and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (anthology), among others.


Adjunct professor of developmental writing, creative writing, English Composition, German, and Spanish.



  • Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras , Bilingual Press/Arizona State University (June 2008)
  • Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis , Co-edited with Magdalena Gomez. NY: Skyhorse Publshing (June 2012)


  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellow(2004)
  • Inaugural Poet Laureate of Springfield (MA)(2014)


  • adjunct professor at Springfield Technical Community College


  • Bachelor of Arts in German from Colby College (May 1985)
  • Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from Tutfs Univeristy (May 1996)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Pine Manor College (July 2015)

Genres of Interest