Arisa White

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Arisa White is an American poet based in Oakland, California. She is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess, Post Pardon, and Black Pearl, and the books Hurrah's Nest, A Penny Saved, and You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Arisa White was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.[1]

Work and awards[edit]

White's published works are books You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened (Augury Books, 2016), A Penny Saved (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2012), and Hurrah's Nest (Virtual Artists Collective, 2012); chapbooks Black Pearl (Nomadic Press, 2016), dear Gerald (self-published, 2015), Post Pardon ((Mouthfeel Press, 2014), and Disposition for Shininess (Factory Hollow Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in anthologies Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape (Scarecrow Press, 2013); Another & Another: An Anthology From the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press, 2012); Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009 (Willow Books, 2012); and The Woman I’ve Become: 37 Women Share Their Journeys from Toxic Relationships to Self Empowerment (Pixelita Press, 2012); Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011); and Knocking at the Door: Poems for Approaching the Other (Birch Bench Press, 2011). Hurrah’s Nest was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Awards.[2] You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards.[3] Arisa's poetry was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2005, 2014, and 2016.[4]


  1. ^ "ABOUT «". Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  2. ^ jbmorris2 (2017-05-22). "Arisa White". University of San Francisco. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ Johnson, William (2017-03-24). "29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  4. ^ "Fulfilling and Feeding the Creative Impulse: A Roundtable with Arisa White: Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-04-01.

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