Arisa White

Arisa White is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, A Penny Saved, and the Lambda Literary Award–nominated You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Her chapbook “Fishing Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won the inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, she curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she is an assistant professor at Colby College.

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Remembering the young victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a poet recalls the support that New York’s LGBTQ communities offered her in growing up and coming out.