Maggie Lily

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Photo Credit: Connie Vandarakis

Photo Credit: Connie Vandarakis


My mission: I am a poet, artist, and curator who seeks to challenge others to go deeper. Through my artistry I hope to create works of art and literature that resonate throughout all time and combat our present day cravings for instant gratification, as well as tackle toxic individualism through the Collective Unconscious via Active Imagination, myth, folklore, and fairy tales. This can take the form of visual art, poetry for the page, social commentary journalism, or performance art. Through my art and my curation I want to promote a culture of thought. Selecting me as your artist, means selecting caring research, personal attention, and work that transcends beyond aesthetics. When I curate I seek to bring together not just works or performances, but people. Ideally in my programming I want to highlight works by marginalized people through events that are both vibrant in energy and thoughtful in content.

My accomplishments: I attended University of the Arts (Valedictorian, Class of 2017). I was African Diaspora Collective President and through that I founded and curated "O:O Our Black Arts Festival" for the past 3 years. I was the first non-illustrator to be invited to participate in the University of the Arts ELY Illustration Thesis, where I received the Plastic Club Membership Award. I also curated The Barnes Foundation's 2016 December Free First Sunday. As a poet I have been featured numerous times in University of the Arts' literary magazine: Underground Pool. I've also been an Editor's Choice in Philadelphia Stories, selected to read at the More Stately Mansions exhibition with CherPOP Gallery, was invited to read at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House, I won best poem at the University of the Arts in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and was selected to introduce and work with 2015 Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo. Now postgrad I was a featured artist and poet at the NYC Poetry Festival, a visual arts participant in the Human Festival, and taught an Active Imagination workshop at the UArts and the Afrofuturist Time Camp 001. I was commissioned by both the Philadelphia Jazz Society and Portland's Creeping Museum, and had my work featured in Z Publishing's "Pennsylvania's Best Emerging Poets." I was also selected as one of 5 writers for the VICE Network Experience where I was sent to Cape Town, South Africa to work with musician Spoek Mathambo.