Ms. Maria Luisa Arroyo

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2011


Born in Manati, PR, and raised in Springfield, MA, María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA), and Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language.  A Solstice MFA graduate, Arroyo is the author of Gathering Words/Recogiendo palabras (2008) and two chapbooks, Flight (2016) and Destierro Means More than Exile (2018). For her community workshops and readings as a poet – some in partnership with the Springfield City Library, Arroyo was named Springfield’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2014-2016) and 2016 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award recipient. 



Twitter Username: @poetamama


  • 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)
  • Destierro Means More than Exile , self-published chapbook (June 2018)
  • Flight , self-published chapbook (April 2016)


  • 2016 New England Public Radio (NEPR) Arts & Humanities Award Recipient(2016)
  • Inaugural Poet Laureate, Springfield, MA (2014-2016)(2014)
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellow(2004)


  • Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies at Bay Path University (August 2017 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in German from Colby College (May 1985)
  • Master 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

Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry