Maya Salameh is a student at Stanford University, where she is a member of the nationally ranking Spoken Word Collective and MINT Magzine's Inaugural Poetry Director. She is a 2016 National Student Poet, America's highest honor for youth poets, and has performed at venues including the Obama White House and Carnegie Hall. Maya is passionate about the intersection of creativity and citizenship, and expounds on themes of hyphenated identity, femininity, and the body in her writing. She is currently working on a book, habibi, articulating Arab-American culture, conflict and consciousness. Her work is forthcoming in the Greensboro Review.
In 2019, the William Male Foundation awarded Maya a grant so she could attend a summer writing retreat on Martha's Vineyard. Maya sent us the following email after her writing retreat:
It’s been two weeks since I got back from my writing residency at Martha’s Vineyard, and I’m still reeling from a week spent dedicated entirely to poems. I cannot thank you all enough for this opportunity.
Here's Maya talking about her experience with the William Male Foundation: