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 work that is instantly gratifying. 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: When I attended University of the Arts (Valedictorian, Class of 2017), as the African Diaspora Collective President, I dedicated my energy to uplifting our student body, and branching our family of artists into Philadelphia, especially within the black community. 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 founded and curated the the Philadelphia Black Arts Festival for the past 3 years. 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, was a featured artist and poet at the NYC Poetry Festival, 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.