Maura Alia Badji
Writer, Editor, and Artist in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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 young son.
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 Good Men Project, Cobalt Review, Barely South Review, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Switched-on-Gutenberg, Convolvulus, synapse, Coffee House Poets Quarterly, The Buffalo Times, Exhibition, cups:a cafe journal, The Healing Woman, Half Tones to Jubilee, skirts! 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/Piquant.com 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 The Watering Hole, an online community dedicated to poets of color.
Her poetry has been anthologized in 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. Work is forthcoming in The Watering Hole anthology and the 2016 International Women's Words 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.