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Maya Washington



Maya Washington is a writer, actor, filmmaker, and arts educator making a difference in the world. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from Hamline University. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in literary journals and anthologies including Gulf CoastPrairie Schooner, and The Playwright’s Center Monologues for Women (Heinemann Drama, 2005) among others, and has garnered fellowships and/or awards from Jerome Foundation, Congo Square’s August Wilson Playwriting Initiative, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Film and Television, and others. Her award-winning short film White Space (starring ABC Family Switched at Birth’s Ryan Lane) is currently airing on network television as a selection of African American Short Films. She recently edited the White Space Poetry Anthology featuring the work of deaf and hearing poets as a companion to the film. Her documentary, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, about her father Vikings and MSU football legend Gene Washington and the desegregation of college football, is slated for a 2016 release.