Gathering Words

María Luisa Arroyo


Bilingual edition

Laying bare the stark realities of life with phrases that are alternately elegant, blunt, and rich with vivid imagery, Arroyo writes with spine-tingling candor that does not allow us to deny the truth. Shaped by her family’s background in Puerto Rican music, her poems, written mostly in English, are reminiscent of folksongs with narrative storytelling and activist representation of the disenfranchised, disillusioned, and neglected.

About the Author

María Luisa Arroyo is a poet and educator. She is a self-taught poet who was academically trained in German language and literature at Colby, Tufts, and Harvard. She was a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry grant winner and also won first prize for poetry in the 2006 Springfield Public Library Poetry Contest. Her recent publications include "barreras," "Family Tree," and "Struggles to Mother" in Nuevas Literaturas PuertoNeorriqueñas (2005); "Shelter Life" in Phoebe: Gender & Cultural Critiques (2005); and "Credo" and "November Signs" in Facets: A Literary Magazine (2004)