Kwoya Fagin Maples is a poet, writer and a University of Alabama professor from Charleston, South Carolina. In her poetry collection, “Mend,” she explores the traumatic strife of enslaved women used as medical guinea pigs in the mid-1800s.

She recently sat down with See Jane Write founder and editor Javacia Harris Bowser as part of the new Reckon | Women series, “Pen to Publication.” The series features women who are writers who found the muse to write through the eyes of everyday people. Now, the women are hoping their personal motivations will inspire the minds of everyday people. Bowser speak with interviewees to discuss their lives, emerging careers and the trial and tribulations behind their success. However, the heart of each discussion centers around the valuable guidance for women to find their writing voice.

Maples was a finalist for the 2019 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry and finalist for the 2019 Housatonic Poetry award. Prior to publication, Mend was also the 2017 finalist for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Maples is a current Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama.

Throughout the P2P series, Bowser hosted virtual chats with women in the South who have built successful writing careers. The women discuss their lives, careers and the trial and tribulations behind their success. The heart of each discussion centers around the valuable guidance for women to find their writing voice. Future episodes will drop in coming weeks.

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