Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Deesha Philyaw in Conversation with Arisa White

Deesha Philyaw

Stonecoast is thrilled to join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, the Indigo Arts Alliance, and Mechanics’ Hall in welcoming award-winning fiction writer Deesha Philyaw to Portland for a reading and conversation. Philyaw will be joined by Arisa White, award-winning writer and assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College, and will also sign books after the event thanks to Longfellow Books.


Event details:

Friday, September 17th, 2021

6:30 PM  8:00 PM

Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 



Roxanne Gay calls Philyaw’s debut book of stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, "Beautifully crafted. A lovely collection,” and Kiese Laymon writes, "Our new decade deserves a new literary force with major literary skills. Deesha Philyaw uses the comic, the allegorical, and the geographic to examine Black intimacies and Black secrets. Her work is as rigorous as it is pleasurable to read.”

This event is free and open to the public. Your donation helps support our organizations and programming like this. For in-person tickets, we recommend a $10 donation; for streaming tickets, we recommend a $5 donation. All are welcome to participate regardless of ability to donate. When you click on the ticket link below, you’ll have a chance to give a donation if you so choose and to sign up for either an IN-PERSON or STREAMING ticket.

Please note that the in-person audience will be limited, distanced, and masked according to Maine CDC recommendations.