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Assistant Professor of Poetry

Aracelis Girmay

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Hampshire College Professor Aracelis Girmay
Aracelis Girmay
Assistant Professor of Poetry
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mail Code HA
Aracelis Girmay
Emily Dickinson Hall 15
413.559.5552
Aracelis Girmay, assistant professor of poetry, received her B.A. in documentary studies from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her projects from the NEA, Civitella Ranieri, the Jerome Foundation, the Watson Foundation, and the Cave Canem Foundation, among other programs.

She is the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing, which was published by George Braziller in 2005. She has also written two books of poems: Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007) and Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011). Before joining Hampshire's faculty, Girmay taught community writing workshops with young people for several years, at which time she worked with the ACTION Project, a teen arts and social justice program in the Bronx. She has also taught at Queens College and is currently on the faculty of Drew University's low residency M.F.A. program. 

For the past few years, she has been studying texts and other materials that, through form, language(s), diction, and gesture, perform and think about place and loss of place (or displacement), and what this sometimes has to do with the sea.

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