Art and Politics with Maria James-Thiaw

Maria James-Thiaw

Award-winning poet, performer, playwright, and educator Maria James-Thiaw has published several books of poetry and founded the Reclaim Artist Collective, which seeks to to raise consciousness about social justice issues impacting marginalized communities through its arts-based, anti-racist curriculum. Her latest collection, Count Each Breath, examines her experiences as a Black woman in the American healthcare system.

Maria joins me today to have the conversation we floated when she first came on the show in 2019, about the intersection of art and politics. Is it even possible to disconnect them? We tackle this question, as well as the political implications of the focus on STEM education, what happens when we relegate the arts to an afterthought, and how driven creative folks find ways to earn money from their art or artistic skills.

Show links

Reclaim Artist Collective

Maria on Twitter

Maria on Instagram

Maria on Facebook

Maria on TikTok

Count Each Breath

Maria refers to Amari and the Night Brothers during our conversation.


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