Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White has earned attention in the California media. Her book Biddy Mason Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books Aug. 18. The book recounts the story of “a woman who was born a slave in Georgia in 1818 and died a successful businesswoman and philanthropist in Los Angeles in 1891,” said the reviewer, Candance Cooper, who grew up in Los Angeles. “The writers and illustrator of this book have done an excellent job relating what one remarkable woman was able to accomplish against overwhelming odds,” she concluded.
At the Poetry Center Digital Archive at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, White compiled a digital collection of 14 “historic recordings features, in alphabetical order, original Poetry Center readings by Ai, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and Pat Parker” that was just released. Dubbed “Black Women in the Archives,” the project was completed during White’s time as the Poetry Center scholar in residence in 2016.Read full article