Maura Alia Badji

Writer, Editor, and Wellness Advocate in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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LIFE Born in Buffalo, New York and raised all over the Mid-Hudson Valley, poet/writer/blogger/teacher Maura Alia Badji calls New Paltz, NY her hometown; she now lives & creates in Virginia Beach, VA with her son.

WELLNESS: Maura is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, an essential oil enthusiast, a certified Massage Therapist, and a Reiki Practitioner. Visit her doTERRA web site to learn more.

BLOGGING Maura blogs at her web site The Moxie Bee. Maura Alia Badji delivers social commentary, personal essays, reviews, poetry, diatribes, & whispers at The Moxie Bee. Maura has guest blogged at Eat.Drink.Memory, piquant, skirt!, Soul Music of The World, and NOLAFemmes.

WRITING Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Delaware Poetry Review, The Phoenix Soul, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Good Men Project, Cobalt Review, Barely South Review, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Switched-on-Gutenberg, Convolvulus, synapse, The Buffalo Times, Exhibition, cups:a cafe journal, The Healing Woman, Half Tones to Jubilee, The Woodstock Times, and many other print/web publications. Maura has written copy for LivingSocial, The DJ Consortium, and Soul Music of the World. . Her reviews/recipes/essays have appeared in EatDrinkMemory/ She has been listed in The Directory of North American Poets and Writers since 1996. Her chapbook, Resculpting:poems (Paper Boat Press, 1995), is now out of print. Maura is a member of Liberated Muse Arts Group (The Watering Hole, an online community dedicated to poets of color.

Her poetry has been anthologized in A Prince Tribute: ...only wanted one time to see you laughing (Yellow Chair Press, May 2016); Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (Midnight Ballet Press, January 2016); Liberated Muse Volume III: Creases Expelled from the Fold (2015); In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself (Volume 4); Mw Enterprises (May 15, 2002); Husky Voices (Univ of WA, MFA Anthology, 1998); This Far Together (Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, 1995); Go Gently (The Healing Woman, 1995); and Bay Area Poets Coalition 1995 Anthology.

EDUCATION BA in Sociology/Social Services (SUNY New Paltz); MFA in Creative Writing (University of WA/Seattle); and MEd. in Migrant Special Education (SUNY New Paltz), for which she was awarded a full fellowship.

  • Work
    • doTERRA Essential Oils
  • Education
    • SUNY New Paltz Migrant Special Education
    • University of WA, MFA Creative Writing
    • UCLA Empowered, Patient Advocacy
    • SUNY New Paltz, Sociology/Social Services