About Mae Ramirez | Writer, Educator, Performer, and Creative Activist
Mae Ramirez holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Education from California State University, Long Beach. She has designed and led writing workshops at high schools and colleges across Southern California and co-found ¡DUENDE! Long Beach, a grassroots community arts organization that provides creative programming and mentoring for youth.
She was a member of CSULB’s nationally-competing Slam Poetry team, and in July of 2012, she mentored and coached the Long Beach Youth Slam Poetry team as they participated in the week-long Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mae spent much of her adolescence playing bass guitar in the backyards and small venues of East L.A.’s early 2000s punk/ska scene where she experienced first-hand the transformative power of community- and identity-building through art exploration.
In high school, she attended a progressive arts summer camp in Austin, Texas, where she discovered writing as a powerful tool to craft the intimacy of her experiences and imagine new worlds. As an educator, Mae hopes to exchange values of passion, creativity, and possibility with the youth she has the honor of meeting.
In general, Mae is unabashedly honest and has no problem expressing her silliness. She’s spontaneous, big-hearted, and continually interested in finding new ways to collaborate and connect with people. She loves coffee, pizza, books, and pugs, and always manages to find time within her daily schedule to look at pictures of all of those things on Tumblr.
- Experienced and passionate community arts educator
- Featured performer at numerous SoCal venues, including Venice’s historic Beyond Baroque.
- Two-time recipient of the Gerald Locklin Writing Prize (2013, 2011)
- Published author of poetry in The Acentos Review, MoonTide Press, The Legendary, RipRap, Inscape Magazine, and of a self-released collection of poems, To Her Ribcage Like a Rosary (2012)