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White, Arisa

White, Arisa


Arisa White’s debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award and was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards.  Her second full-length book of poems, A Penny Saved, was published by Virtual Artists Collective in 2012, and her chapbook, Post Pardon (2011), was adapted into an opera. A member of the PlayGround writers’ pool, her play Frigidare was staged for the 15th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival.  Arisa has received residencies, fellowships or scholarships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. A regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and a 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, she is a faculty member in the BFA Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and one of the founding editors of HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

A Penny Saved (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2012)

Hurrah’s Nest (Virtual Artists Collective, 2012)

Post Pardon (Mouthfeel Press, 2011) [chapbook]

  • dear Gerald, finalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
  • Honorable Mention, Rita Dove Poetry Prize, Center for Women Writers, Salem College, NC 2015
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations, 2014 & 2004
  • Investing in Artist Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, California, 2013-14
  • Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Funding Program, City of Oakland, California, 2013-14
  • 2013 Wheatley Book Awards in Poetry finalist— Hurrah’s Nest, June 2013
  • 82nd California Book Awards in Poetry finalist— Hurrah’s Nest, April 2013
  • 44th NAACP Image Award Nomination—Hurrah’s Nest, December 2012
  • The 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award—Poetry Winner for Hurrah’s Nest
  • Emerging playwright award, PlayGround, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2011