Maisha Z. Johnson is a writer and creative facilitator living in Oakland, CA. Through writing and arts and healing workshops, she lifts up voices of those who are often silenced, including LGBTQ people, people of color, and survivors of violence. Maisha is the author of the poetry book No Parachutes to Carry Me Home (Punk Hostage Press 2015) and of three chapbooks, Queer As In (Inkblot Arts 2014), Uprooted (Gorilla Press 2014), and Split Ears (Aggregate Space 2014). Maisha studied creative writing at San Francisco State University and earned her MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Her work has won several competitions, been published in numerous journals, and nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She has been a featured reader at literary events and social justice rallies throughout the Bay Area, and she blogs about the relationship between writing and social change.